On Saturday, the President of the Brussels PS Federation asked for patience regarding the project for the footpaths in the town centre boulevards. She called on the town authorities to continue the dialogue. She didn’t refer to the verbal violence surrounding the project.
“Every day, pedestrian’s reactions are all over social media and the papers: both positive and negative reactions. Some are full of praise for the project, some are asking for improvements, and some insult it. Some are from people involved. The footpaths is not a megalomaniac project born from personal ambition. It is part of a town council project that gives the public space back to residents, and lets visitors discover the town in a nice way”, Mrs Onkelinx said.
For the Brussels Socialist President, a project that changes the status quo like this one has an economic impact, good for some and bad for others. Improvements and accompanying measures should alleviate opponent’s legitimate concerns. Laurette Onkelinx said the project would evolve again between now and the summer. They are working with the Region and Beliris.
“If our country wants to avoid falling back into lockdown and uncertainty, the pededestrian zone has to show what it can provide, as well as its advantages and extraordinary potential. In the meantime, I would ask my friends at the town council not to respond to the verbal violence, and spend their time and energy on improving their great project”, she said in a press release.