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last updated: October 5, 2005

Kanaleneiland


This estate is now considered as one of the most problematic areas of the city of Utrecht. It was built in the 1950s and 1960s and the housing stock is predominantly in the social rented sector (high-rise, middle-rise and some single-family dwellings). The area has 15,000 inhabitants, most of whom have a low to very low income. Many of them are unemployed. About 80 per cent belong to an ethnic minority.

Present policies are aimed at restructuring the housing stock, not because the dwelling stock is obsolete, but because of the wish of the municipality to arrive at a mix of population groups. Therefore, social rented dwellings will be demolished and more expensive owner-occupied dwellings will be built, in order to attract higher-income households.