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Hipster Vilvoorde

My hometown is Vilvoorde, a city with about 43,000 inhabitants neighboring the Belgian capital of Brussels and with a checkered past. Vilvoorde thrived during the Industrial Revolution due to the proximity to Brussels and the excellent transport infrastructure. Being one of the largest industrial areas around Brussels, the city remained successful until the late nineties when subsequent economic crises started to have an adverse effect on the economy. As a result, Vilvoorde received a rather grey and negative image which is sometimes propagated to this day. Local commercial policy (or the lack thereof) hasn’t been able to stop increasing shop vacancy in the main shopping street, which only aggravated the reputation. Lately a trend has been rising in our city next to the river Zenne. One that might point towards the answer for both the local economy and the city as a whole, if policy makers choose to see and address it. Let me tell you about Hipster Vilvoorde.

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Doorway is worth a thousand words

Don’t you love it when a picture gradually tells a story? This picture of a doorway in my hometown of Vilvoorde does exactly that. Would you enter without a care in the world? Do notice how the unvarnished wood is slightly bending and delaminating. There might be a follow-up in the works. 🙂



Vilvoorde to the doggy rescue

Just about half my street was mobilized this morning to help a scared little dog that was hiding under my neighbour’s stairs. In spite of the media coverage over the last few months Vilvoorde (Belgium) remains a nice place to live. #lovely