A blighted industrial site in Amsterdam is now an example of what cities can do with decaying swaths of polluted wasteland, says Citiscope contributor Letty Reimerink.

An industrial site in Buiksloterham, Netherlands previously housed a Fokker airplane factory, a Shell oil laboratory, a large shipbuilding industry and other manufacturing warehouses. But after all of these companies left, the blighted site became a polluted wasteland on the waterfront. It was then that city leaders changed the zoning to allow for a mix of uses, including offices and residences.

Bit by bit, the neighborhood is turning into a lively area just a short ferry ride from the city center. Meanwhile, it’s evolved into a creative hub for the so-called “circular economy,” attracting devotees of the idea that renewable power, rainwater harvesting, recycling and other techniques can allow an urban neighborhood to handle all its own energy, water and food needs without creating waste.

Continue reading at Citiscope for more about the Amsterdam neighborhood.

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