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Plea For An Uncreative City by BAVO

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If we are to speak of Rotterdam making a new start as the cultural capital of the Netherlands, we must not forget that it is unilaterally focusing on specific, favoured forms of creativity. This gives advantages – attractive and inexpensive living and working oases, for example – to specific groups, which moreover generally require no further guidance, while the majority are forced into the marketplace or into a severely reduced public housing system in order to meet their housing needs. One can hardly get around the fact that all the trendy talk about the benefits and the advantages to the city of creative, self-satisfied citizens hides the reality that municipal practice once again presumes a city that moves in ‘two different gears’. To put it differently, under the pretext of the creative city, a model based on class distinctions is being made palatable.

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