Rue Neuve (Brussels)

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Rue Neuve (in French)
Nieuwstraat (in Dutch)
Brussel Nieuwstraat.jpg
Rue Neuve in Brussels
LocationCity of Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
QuarterMarais–Jacqmain Quarter

Rue Neuve (French) or Nieuwstraat (Dutch) is a pedestrian street in Brussels' city centre. It runs between the Place de la Monnaie/Muntplein in the south and the Place Charles Rogier/Charles Rogierplein in the north. Rue Neuve and its close surroundings are the second most popular shopping area in Belgium by number of shoppers, after Meir in Antwerp.[1] It is served by the metro and premetro stations De Brouckère and Rogier.

History[edit]

The street used to be called Rue Notre-Dame/Onze-Lieve-Vrouwstraat, after the Church of Our Lady of Finistere, which is now in the middle of the retail district. It has been a centre of commercial activity since at least the end of the 19th century, and was known as a centre of luxury shopping early 20th century. The street was pedestrianised in 1975.[2]

Nowadays, Rue Neuve has the second highest rents of any street in Belgium, at €1,600/square metre/year (the Meir shopping street in Antwerp ranks first, with 1,700 €/square metre/year).[3] However, it has been criticised by some for being to "boring" architecturally, "uniformly 'mass market'" and lacking in independent retailers, and without variety of uses, for example with very few residents.[2] The City of Brussels has plans to bring more residents to the street and to make it more "attractive".[4]

Coordinates: 50°51′11″N 4°21′23″E / 50.853175°N 4.356433°E / 50.853175; 4.356433

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meir klopt voor het eerst Nieuwstraat als drukste winkelstraat 10 Mar, 2010
  2. ^ a b Mikolajczak, Charlotte (9 November 2013). "La rue Neuve leur appartient" (in French). La Libre. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  3. ^ High streets – the rental hit parade 10 Mar, 2010
  4. ^ "Du solide pour une rue Neuve habitée !" (PDF). ARAU.org. Atelier De Recherche Et D'action Urbaines. Retrieved 4 June 2016.