Rue Neuve, Brussels
Nieuwstraat/Rue Neuve in Brussels
|Location||City of Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium|
Nieuwstraat (Dutch) or Rue Neuve (French), meaning "New Street", is a pedestrian street in Brussels' city centre. It runs between the Muntplein/Place de la Monnaie to the south and Charles Rogier Square to the north. Nieuwstraat and its close surroundings are the second most popular shopping area in Belgium by number of shoppers, after Meir in Antwerp. It is served by the metro and premetro stations De Brouckère metro station and Rogier.
The street used to be called Onze-Lieve-Vrouwstraat/Rue Notre-Dame, 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.
Nowadays, Nieuwstraat 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). 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. The City of Brussels has plans to bring more residents to the street and to make it more "attractive".
- Meir klopt voor het eerst Nieuwstraat als drukste winkelstraat 10 Mar, 2010
- Mikolajczak, Charlotte (9 November 2013). "La rue Neuve leur appartient" (in French). La Libre. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
- High streets – the rental hit parade 10 Mar, 2010
- "Du solide pour une rue Neuve habitée !" (PDF). ARAU.org. Atelier De Recherche Et D'action Urbaines. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
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