Since 2009, major improvements have been made to the neighborhood, by demolishing apartments blocks which were too small and not built to the current standard, and replacing them with newly built, more spacious housing. This program will continue to run until (at least) 2021.Link
Cascoland, a small international network of artists, architects and designers formed by Dutch community artists Fiona Bell and Roel Schoenmakers, won a tender to start a process of empowerment in the Kolenkitbuurt. Since 2010 they organised playful activities and created a labyrinth of fences and four mobile hen houses which served as a meeting place, helping residents to initiate and manage their own projects in an urban revival process. 
- "Most problematic Dutch neighbourhoods made public." Expatica. 26 February 2009.
- "How art and chickens revived Amsterdam's most unloved district", The Guardian, 19 May 2014.
- Kolenkitbuurt (in Dutch)
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