Genk – North-west District

The north-western portion of the city of Genk includes the three former mining sites of Zwartberg, Waterschei and Winterslag. This area includes the neighbourhoods of Zwartberg, Nieuwe Kempen, Waterschei, Nieuw Texas, Boxbergheide and Winterslag, in all approximately 23,000 residents. The population of this part of the city is highly diversified. It is faced with various problems such as low level of education, considerable unemployment, a weakening of its social cohesion, and increased segregation and degradation. Moreover, the commercial and socio-cultural infrastructures are under pressure. At this time, the consequences of the mine closures are still clearly visible. In order to resolve these problems, the City of Genk is conducting an urban development policy. This encompasses educational support projects, employment- and training-related projects and a great number of district facilitation initiatives (youth clubs, neighbourhood centres, and so on). Similarly, the public domain has not been forgotten and a considerable amount of investment is planned.

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2011-06-16 | Success for Saint Léon'ART

The St Léonard district is home to a vibrant art scene. On the weekend of 6–8 May 2011, the district was transformed into one giant exhibition, and residents and passers-by alike were invited to discover some of the district’s artistic locations, both well known and obscure.

2011-03-21 | St-Léonard looks for shopkeeper

At the end of 2009, a survey was conducted among the residents of the district to better identify what they needed in terms of shops nearby.

The results highlighted that the residents wanted to see specific shops open up such as: an artisan bakery, an organic grocer’s, a sandwich bar, etc.

In February, large screens summarising what was missing in the district were put up in the empty shops in order to encourage such business to move in!

More info and results of this survey can be read on the french page.

2011-03-21 | Sustainable economic plan for Unterstadt

From mid-March, the company Projektplan is starting to draw up a sustainable economic plan for the retail trade location Unterstadt. The town of Eupen is asking business people and the residents of Unterstadt to support the work by taking part in the consultation. Naturally, all information gathered will be subject to data protection and remain anonymous. Those behind the project and the interviewers would like to thank you in advance for your kind assistance.

2010-12-09 | A Kiosk in the Temsepark

Upon request of the population, a wooden chalet should be transformed into a kiosk, with a function as meeting place and as a tourist infodesk.  De first discussions already took place and the renovation is planned for the summer of 2011.

2010-05-28 | Drink for Traders in St Léonard

Supported by the SUN project, a new traders committee was created in the St Léonard quarter. On 28 May, they organised a convivial meet-up with drinks to which all traders and customers from the quarter were invited. It was a resounding success!