As it was national neighbours’ day, it was the perfect occasion to get to know each other. Some 50 residents of the streets between the Gustav Mahlerlaan and George Gershwinlaan agreed. They live in the direct environs of the Benjamin Brittenstraat, Peter Schatstraat and Leonard Bernsteinstraat. They had already exchanged views online with another 150 neighbourhood residents, but had not yet met in person.
They had the best of reasons. There is an ongoing discussion about organising the public spaces via an app (the OppApp) since April 2018: what do residents want to see in their streets? Of course there were different opinions, but the dialogue yielded three major wishes: space for greenery, space to meet, and space to play. Our designers Joost and Marja set to work and presented their preliminary sketches to the residents on 22 September – was this what they wanted?