Verviers – Hodimont

The Hodimont neighbourhood is directly adjacent to Verviers city centre, from which it is separated by the Vesdre. To the west, the district is limited by the E42 motorway viaduct. Hodimont developed quickly during the 19th century, with the rise of the textile industry, but its decline was just as fast as that of its industry. Hodimont has approximately 4,300 residents, some 34% of whom are immigrants. It suffers from a declining image and significant socio-economic difficulties (the unemployment rate there is 30%). However, Hodimont has major potential: its proximity to the city centre, its multiculturality and its environment all are positive points that can be used to its advantage. As such, the local authorities have identified the district as requiring specific action and will soon be soliciting the regional authorities for important urban renewal work to be carried out there, necessary for the district to enjoy sustainable regeneration.

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2009-06-27 | Presentation of the SUN project at 'Verviers in Colour'

The SUN project team held a stand at the occasion of this high colour neighbourhood party which is organised each year in the Hodimont district. It allowed to establish a first contact with the local inhabitants and associations of the neighbourhood but also to start raising awareness amongst the young and less young people about the issue of sustainable development.