“Commoning” a former neighboorhood shop

The Districts of Brabant and Gaucheret in Schaarbeek, Brussels are split in two by the northern railways. There are a lot of houses of poor quality, an already high and increasing population density, a high level of unemployment, low incomes, low education level and so on. Moreover, due to its location, this part of the city is a transit area for commuters, customers of shops, visitors of prostitution etc. A good part of the population feels abandoned. Too often the problems of the neighbourhood overshadow the potential of the residents. Wijk in actie/Quartier en action changed that. This former neighbourhood shop has been “commoned” by a group of residents of the area. The residents renovated the place and turned it into a community centre where they govern. They organize a repair café, a gift shop, education aid and a place to meet. The place has become the heart of a growing network of solidarity between the residents. BRAL is happy to have supported this initiative as a partner of the Brussels project CitizenDev. As a partner of Commoning Europe, BRAL has made this video in collaboration with Centre Vidéo de Bruxelles and translated it into English.

Upcoming Events

Commoning Europe © 2021. All Rights Reserved | Developed by Inoves

The European Commission’s support for the production of this website does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.