Apart from a plentiful supply of labour and access to a nearby market, the success of the Industrial Revolution also depended on having an adequate level of infrastructure for bringing in and out raw materials and products.
Like most municipalities in the region, Zaventem used to be a mainly agricultural community but over time the municipality changed from a farming village into an industrialised area. The large farmsteads disappeared from the streetscape to be replaced by workshops and workers’ housing.
In the final part of our series on the Ring Road, we are travelling from Ophain to Argenteuil, at the border between the Walloon and Flemish regions. This section may be 12 km long but the road at this point covers just two municipalities: Braine-l’Alleud and Waterloo.
If 247 people were to die in a plane crash, it would be breaking news for days on end. Last year, 247 people died and 22.341 were injured in road traffic accidents in Flanders. So many dead and injured seem to be acceptable as an inevitable side-effect of human mobility.
A ‘smart city’ is what the future has in store for us. But what does that mean exactly? And why should a city have to be ‘smart’ anyway? Is this new technology an improvement or will it just be something to cater for the whims of technology freaks?
Sunday afternoon. That means tens of thousands of children and young people up and down the country are enjoying the fun and games on offer in youth clubs. Over in Sint-Brixius-Rode (Meise) 10 or so scout leaders are on hand every week to help about 130 boys and girls have a great time.