Amsterdam most pleasant Dutch city
19 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – The liveability of rapidly growing municipalities like Almere, Lelystad and Spijkenisse is in danger of deteriorating in future.
19 April 2007
AMSTERDAM – The liveability of rapidly growing municipalities like Almere, Lelystad and Spijkenisse is in danger of deteriorating in future.
These "new towns" are losing their appeal for high and middle-income households.
This is creating problems in the areas of economy, safety and liveability, say the researchers who put together the Atlas for municipalities 2007, which appears today.
They say poor cultural offerings is an important reason for the diminishing appeal of these areas for people in the higher income groups. The atlas compares the fifty largest municipalities in the Netherlands on an annual basis.
The population is growing quickly in the new towns, but there are few cultural activities. Old cities have more to offer generally.
The researchers say that live entertainment (theatre, music, etc.) increases the cultural appeal of cities significantly. This combined with a historical city centre and varied culinary offerings attract the highly educated.
The less educated in disadvantaged neighbourhoods could also benefit from more cultural facilities, and the employment opportunities they create, for instance.
Amsterdam topped the list as the most pleasant city to live in, followed – at some distance – by Utrecht and The Hague.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news