These initiatives focus their attention on the use of public spaces and in the structure of neighborhoods and housings. They aim to revitalise poor and disadvantaged areas changing their negative and “unsafe” perception; improving intercultural dialogue through the promotion of social mixing; fostering favourable neighborhoods for a peaceful coexistence between all citizens.

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by Rennen Zunder, urban designer, Tel Aviv - Jaffa

Urban play as a means for activating intercultural cities

The UN-Habitat opened its report State of the World’s Cities 2012/13 with the claim - “The City is the Home of Prosperity. It is the place where human beings find satisfaction of basic need and access to essential public goods. The city is also where ambitions, aspirations and other material and...

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Actions to support the community

London Lewisham - Local Assembly Programme

London Lewisham, United Kingdom

This programme started in 2008 and consists in a forum during which the Council talks to the residents, community organisations, police and businesses in order to create a sense of ownership and improve areas and neighborhoods (the 18 wards). The local planning groups organise the meetings,...

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Changing negative perceptions of the “bad” neighborhood

London Tower Hamlets - Arnold Circus revamp

London Tower Hamlets, United Kingdom

Arnold Circus was one of the United Kingdom's very first social housing estates. Now around 97% of the local Virginia Primary School pupils are of Bengali origin. Local people held a very negative view of Arnold Circus. They perceived it as a dark, hostile place which was inhabited by gangs. In...

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Migrants’ participation in the community projects

Tilburg - “Enrich your Neighborhood”: a genuine bottom-up approach to governance

Tilburg, Netherlands

The city of Tilburg undertook a complete reassessment of the offer and performance of public services in the light or citizens’ expressed wishes and needs. The result was public services which are much more flexible, client-centred, result-oriented, evidence-based, responsive and effective. The...

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Diversity Training for civil servants

Tilburg - General when possible, specific when needed

Tilburg, Netherlands

According to the report made available by the city, Tilburg only has general homes for the elderly, and there is a worry that migrants cannot get a care adapted to their culture when they reach a high age. Now the housing corporations in Tilburg build old people’s homes for specific groups, like...

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A network of neighbours to promote cohesion in the neighbourhood

Paris - Voisin Malin (Smart neighbour) – an intercultural social enterprise in disadvantaged neighborhoods

Paris, France

VoisinMalin is a social project that aims to help people living in poor and disadvantaged areas. It gives residents the possibility to build a better future, and to deploy their abilities in order to improve their lives and the neighbourhood’s conditions. This project was born in October 2010 and...

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The revitalising of the railway area

Reggio Emilia - a local framework pact for the riqualification of the railway station zone

Reggio-Emilia, Italy

Background The railway station area in Reggio Emilia was originally conceived as an upper-middle class residential neighbourhood. The bankruptcy of the building firm, as well as the dynamics typical of a railway station zone and the significant migration wave experienced by the city during the...

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The renewal of disadvantaged areas

Loures: change the image of a neighbourhood

Loures, Portugal

On 28 February 2015, some 130 persons participated in the guided tour of Quinta do Mocho neighbourhood conducted by the C4i team of Loures, Portugal, together with local artists and youth. In October 2014, breath-taking frescos were painted on 33 buildings in the neighbourhood, with the help of...

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Taking advantage of the geographical situation

Lublin - “Closer and Closer”: good neighborhood policy through culture

Lublin, Poland

Lublin is bidding to be the European Capital of Culture for 2016. Taking power and experience from its heritage it wants to show Lublin as a city where culture plays a main role. It also wants to show the eastern EU borderland as one of most fascinating and mysterious part of Europe with a strong...

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Intercultural activities for social cohesion

Tenerife - The "Charrúa" Association

Tenerife, Spain

In 2011 Uruguayan-born citizens founded this association that aims to work for social cohesion and disseminate, promote and integrate Uruguayan culture in Tenerife. The association is clearly committed to promoting interculturalism, and this proves that among its 225 members include people from 5...

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