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Rotterdam’s anti-gentrification movement

Gwen van Eijk

Last Thursday, Rotterdam’s city council voted on its Housing Vision, which includes a plan to replace 20,000 affordable homes with 36,000 properties for middle- and upper-income households. The vote is the latest step in the city’s focus on ‘improving’ neighbourhoods, by combining gentrification with rules preventing some low-income households from moving into poorer neighbourhoods.

In response to the Housing Vision, a grassroots movement organized a petition last year, calling for a referendum, which was held on 30 November. While 72% voted against Rotterdam’s housing plan, only 17% of the electorate voted, well below the required 30%.

Together with urban geographer Brian Doucet (EUC) and urban sociologist Marguerite van den Berg (UvA), I wrote about the lessons that can be learned from Rotterdam’s anti-gentrification movement. Read the article that appeared in The Guardian last week here:

Rotterdam anti-gentrification housing referendum

About the author: Gwen van Eijk

Dr. Gwen van Eijk is Assistant Professor of Criminology. Gwen was one of the first criminology students at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and graduated in 2006. She received her PhD degree in urban sociology cum laude at the TU Delft. She has worked as an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford (2010-2011) and the City University of New York (2015-2016).

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