On Saturday 3 October 2020, the transformation of the country’s most famous shopping street was officially completed. In the presence of Brussels Mayor Philippe Close, Councillor for Public Space and Urban Planning Ans Persoons, Councillor for Economic Affairs Fabian Maingain and representatives of Beliris and Shopera.
Two years after work began, not only is the pedestrian shopping street completely new, but all the surrounding streets have also been given a new look. Granite stones in three different shades of grey and brass accents that form a pixel motif create both robust surfaces for delivery traffic and an upgrade for cyclists and pedestrians. In addition, people can cool off at the new fountain in Koolstraat and walkers can rest on the comfortable benches that have been installed. A total of 15 new trees have been planted.
The quality of public space plays a crucial role in the attractiveness of a city. The redevelopment of Rue Neuve is a real added value for the city centre of Brussels, especially through the accessibility and comfort it offers to people with reduced mobility and all business people. The simultaneous redevelopment of the side streets will relieve the pressure on the main axis of the busy shopping street and create new opportunities for commerce and gastronomy. The city’s goal is to create economic dynamism by linking all the shopping streets together, providing a unique and diverse commercial experience for shoppers.
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