Ondiep on list of problem neighbourhoods
22 March 2007, AMSTERDAM - Minister for Living, Neighbourhoods and Integration Ella Vogelaar presented a list of 40 problem neighbourhoods on Thursday.
22 March 2007
AMSTERDAM - Minister for Living, Neighbourhoods and Integration Ella Vogelaar presented a list of 40 problem neighbourhoods on Thursday.
Investment in these neighbourhoods will be stepped up in the near future. It is not yet clear exactly how much extra money will be available.
The neighbourhoods are spread out in 18 cities. Seven of them are in Rotterdam, five are in Amsterdam. The Utrecht neighbourhood of Ondiep, the site of disturbances last week, is also on the list.
The Labour party (PvdA) minister says she wants to "build up a close relationship" with the problem areas. She will start visiting them one by one on Monday. An action plan should be drawn up by the end of June.
Extra efforts will be made in the neighbourhoods along the lines already designated by the state's urban policy. These efforts will be aimed at improving living, working, learning, integration and safety. That requires a lot of coordination. "It is going to be a hell of a job," Vogelaar admitted.
The list was put together after a study conducted on the basis of 18 objective indicators. "They had to be neighbourhoods with an accumulation of problems." The decision took into account physical factors (quality of housing, for instance), social factors (unemployment, educational and income level) and the perceptions of residents themselves.
It was not clear until now whether Ondiep would be included on the list. But Vogelaar says it made it onto the list on the basis of the indicators used, "absolutely not" because of the problems last week.
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