and De Laar are middle class communities built in the seventies that are
showing signs of their age. The attitude towards the new settlement is rather
skeptical. There is some concern that the new settlement will attract the more
affluent part of the communities to move to Schuytgraaf, bringing in an influx
of low-income families from the
Driel is a village with a strong community. They fear that the new settlement could destroy their village atmosphere as well as the beauty of their surroundings.
Serving neighboring communities
Schuytgraaf could counteract its negative image in the surrounding communities by creating services targeted at the gaps in the neighboring communities, so that the new settlement can be perceived as a benefit and enrichment to the region. What is mainly missing in the surrounding neighborhoods of Schuytgraaf are facilities and activities for the youth and better shopping opportunities. Creating an enabling environment for the development of small businesses and investment in community building projects that radiate beyond Schuytgraaf are vital strategies of socially integrating the new settlement into the environment. This applies both in regard to the current situation in the adjacent neighborhoods, as well as in regard to the anticipated difficulties when a new population with less income moves to the neighboring communities in the wake of current inhabitants moving to Schuytgraaf.
projects and activities foreseen in the temporary settlement like the
Turning problems into assets
From the perspective of the temporary settlement many issues of the neighboring communities can be seen as assets. The unoccupied youth, that is currently perceived as a nuisance causing noise and trouble on the streets, can form a big reservoir of time, energy and creativity when engaged in a productive and constructive way.
The temporary settlement is also well equipped to mobilize the participation of the migrant population of the adjacent communities, that so far does not take part in neighborhood activities.
Though the neighborhood study presented in this chapter examines a local case, the experience described is global. People fear change. Developments of new settlements need to be accompanied by socially integrative measures and strategies, involving the surrounding communities.