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Old Mar 24th 2014, 10:31 PM
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Default Re: Haussmannization: good or evil?

Brussels is an interesting city in this respect. In the North you'll find a section of the city that has undergone a similar 'Haussmannization'. That was done much more recently though, in the 1960's, by the most corrupt Prime Minister Belgium ever had (and who shall remain nameless since everyone who names him in a context of any of the myriad of scandals he was involved in gets a barrage of lawyers on his case to this day, even after his death).
In other parts of Brussels you'll find sections that have had an approach of complete laissez faire for decades. The irony is that the most dilapidated and dysfunctional parts of Brussels are precisely these two extremes.
So, Haussmannization is a bad idea since it doesn't even achieve the goal it's intended to achieve.
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