80% of Brussels residents live within walking distance of green space. So it is not that bad given our image of a “grey” city. Seen from the air anyway. But people are not drones. They live, eat, move, go to school or work. Life is not always a walk in the park.


  • Why Because in the districts with the highest concentration of children, public space and certainly green space is scarce. It is also these neighbourhoods where the air quality is worst. Children there live in apartments where there is no place to park a bicycle to cycle to their - often outdated - school. They eat unhealthy food and go to the dentist less often. A green policy must therefore also be social if it does not want to make additional divisions.

  • Why Because Brussels is a city that for far too long has given everything for the car but has to become a city for people again. If public space wins, the quality of life in the city wins. If public or shared transport wins, the inhabitants of Brussels win. Squares become the extension of your living room. Parks become your garden. We make room for cyclists and pedestrians. Brussels becomes a cycling and walking city again. Meeting places will become car-free or have fewer cars in them: shopping streets, surroundings of schools, cultural centres, sports centres, playgrounds, ...

  • Why Because it is not acceptable that so many young people still have little or no chance of finding work. Unemployment continues to fall, but the number of young people without a job or occupation remains too high. Every young person should not only be entitled to training, but should also have the guarantee a job afterwards. 

  • Why Because the disenchantment or radicalisation of youth are not the result of the multicultural society, but of our inability to give perspective. Our city must provide hope and support where the home situation does not allow it. Awakening young people aspirations and talents and giving them opportunities, not only through school but also outside of the classroom. By investing in alternatives to hanging out on the street: sports clubs, or literally giving space to positive initiatives such as street workouts, performance arts or skate parks.

  • Why Because the city must also be there for its inhabitants who have no family or broad social circle around them. Loneliness, especially among the elderly, is an invisible killer of happiness and zest for life. Engaging with senior citizens about their experience and valorising that experience, should be central. And finally, we should stop approaching elderly people in need of care as clients. They are members of a community. Those without resources or informal care should never end up in isolation and poverty.


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