Veerkracht Carnisse Resilient Carnisse is a social innovation project to map and enhance the capacity for self-organization in the Carnisse district of Rotterdam. Bureau Frontlijn, Creatief Beheer, Rotterdam Vakmanstad Skillcity and DRIFT teamed up to develop an integrated approach to improve social ownership, local craftsmanship and cohesion between residents, institutions and other stakeholders. The project arose when the four partners met in the districts of Rotterdam, and shared their critique on the regular city improvement projects: these projects were focused solely on economic outcomes, and lacked a more sustainable perspective that incorporated civic involvement. Vulnerable districts needed a different approach where the inhabitants and their needs were central to the process. A cooperation between the four partners, in one district to start with, offered room for experimenting and for delivering greater societal value.
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By focusing on education, employment and living environment, the neighborhood of Zuid is finding new life. Photo credit: WikiMedia. The Dutch evening news rarely focuses on crimes like rape, murder or theft.
Still, these things do happen. In Rotterdam, they mostly happen south of the River Maas. This is no coincidence. Rotterdam grew on either side of the River Maas in completely different ways. Historically, the north bank held the city center and mixed residential areas. Until the late s, Zuid developed almost autonomously, with growing concentrations of poverty and crime.
In , the Erasmus Bridge was constructed, physically linking the two sides, with the clear intention of socially re-joining the city as well.
Nearly two decades later, however, Zuid remains a separate entity. According to the research, nine percent of residents in Zuid often feel unsafe in their own neighborhoods. For the entire city of Rotterdam, that figure is closer to five percent. In Zuid, nearly 35 percent of business owners report sometimes feeling unsafe, while in the rest of Rotterdam, that figure is more than ten points lower, at 23 percent.
In , the safety index rating veijligsheidindex for Rotterdam was a respectable 7. For Zuid, the rating was 6. Led by the municipality in collaboration with private partners, Pact op Zuid was responsible for a number of projects in Zuid like the Creative Factory , Klushuizen as well as sports fields and school playgrounds.
Eventually, however, a fundamental difference of opinions within the Pact op Zuid team began to slow the redevelopment process. In September , 17 public and private partners signed the project plan Zuid Works Zuid Werkt and, beginning in July , put their promises into practice.
This team became the core of the NPRZ and currently focuses on three main areas: better education and training, reducing unemployment and improving the living environment. The hope is that together, these improvements can have a trickle-down effect, raising the standard of living and reducing crime across the seven focus districts in Zuid. For the last two years, the NPRZ has been gathering momentum. Most projects are being implemented on schedule.
Schools involved in the program have extended teaching hours and 18 of the 34 schools in the focus districts now offer children six to ten hours of extra lessons per week. Last year, implementation of a new program called Career Start Guarantees courses with a job guarantee after completion proved difficult.
This year, the NPRZ team members hope to make a number of agreements with private companies to make this attractive plan a reality.
Another program within the NPRZ helps match unemployed residents with suitable work, reducing the number of welfare-dependents and preventing benefits fraud. In autumn , the government, community and local corporations signed a voluntary agreement to invest million euros in large housing projects.
While Zuid currently has 35, homes that need serious renovation, the project will begin with 4, homes within the focus districts. Over the next three years, million euros will be invested in renovation, demolition and new construction throughout Zuid.
The thing about Zuid is, the potential in this area is almost incalculable. Artists are attracted by the low rents and unused spaces, while creative entrepreneurs have started some of the best coffee shops and hand-crafted goods stores in the city.
The former industrial spaces have a punk aesthetic that is almost impossible to find elsewhere in the city. The social challenges, however, mean that these urban pioneers must be brave.
Most inhabitants leave Zuid as soon as their financial circumstances make it feasible, leaving the area marooned in poverty. For the NPRZ to have any effect at all, local residents will need to invest as much as the government.
The rest of Rotterdam also has an investment to make: reconnecting Zuid to the northern half of the city. Not a bad deal, if we are willing to make it. Next City believes change is happening and makes it our job to find it.
Burcin Korkmaz on Kwaliteitssprong Zuid
By focusing on education, employment and living environment, the neighborhood of Zuid is finding new life. Photo credit: WikiMedia. The Dutch evening news rarely focuses on crimes like rape, murder or theft. Still, these things do happen.
Veerkracht Carnisse: a resilient neigbourhood
Since 1 February he has been director of the Nationaal Programma Kwaliteitssprong Zuid, a project of the city of Rotterdam to improve living conditions in the south of Rotterdam. Pastors was political leader of the local party Livable Rotterdam Leefbaar Rotterdam , a member of the city council and also an alderman of the municipality of Rotterdam. In his political pamphlet At your service  which was published in he described his catholic and rural upbringing as unremarkable, with his parents' problematic marriage as a recurring theme. He obtained a degree in economics from Erasmus University in and from to he worked for OV-studentenkaart BV a company managing public transportation for students then headed by Pim Fortuyn , his future political ally.
Drs. M.G.Th. (Marco) Pastors
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