3 February 2023

Johan Leman

On urban planning and gentrification

From Joeri Casteleyn’s Opinion (in DS) regarding the Ostend Lighthouse. “Hard to understand for those who have just lived there, but Lange Nelle (=lighthouse) has always been with us: she […]

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1 February 2023

Johan Leman

Desired: a park with tall trees near Place Sainctelette (Molenbeek)

“High ambient temperatures are associated with many health effects, including premature mortality. The combination of global warming due to climate change and the expansion of the global built environment means […]

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23 January 2023

Johan Leman

Many Flemings were also once migrants to Brussels

70 % of Brussels residents were born outside Brussels. Brussels is actually an urban region of people with most having moved to Brussels from outside Brussels. The MigratieMuseumMigration Foundation is […]

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14 January 2023

Johan Leman

Foyer wants to encourage ‘Growing by Hockey’

The founder of the non-profit organisation contacted Foyer. He asked for our support for an initiative he wants to take in Lower Molenbeek. He informed us that the mission of […]

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10 January 2023

Johan Leman

School: discussion without taboos desired

In recent weeks I had several conversations with teachers,  not only from Brussels. A selection of some statements that have stuck with me. A retired teacher who provides after-school tutoring: […]

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16 December 2022

Johan Leman

Reflection about civil society associations, looking at small tents on a bridge

16 December. Here a bit further, on a bridge between Molenbeek and city-Brussels, people could and can be seen lying in tents, in the cold, for days and nights. People […]

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12 December 2022

Johan Leman

Yes, we are excited about the Moroccan football team

The most popular sport among young people in the Brussels canal zone is football. Just before the Covid crisis, Foyer’s sports coordinator did a survey in some Brussels schools, about […]

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2 December 2022

Johan Leman

Youth workers get highly frustrated!

Finding 1. There are 400,000 people of Moroccan origin living in Belgium. This amounts to 200,000 in Brussels, half of whom are under 30. I won’t be far wrong. In […]

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18 November 2022

Johan Leman

Can the success of sympathy for conspiracy theories be explained?

In recent weeks, I have made an effort to listen to about ten people defending conspiracy theories. I also tried to understand how they arrived at their sympathy for a […]

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16 November 2022

Johan Leman

Digitalisation of public services: for and against

A host of civil society associations are calling for caution when introducing the digitisation of services in the Brussels region. “If this legislation is adopted, the digitisation of services will […]

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