Transformation of the city centre: tourists before residents?

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Much ink has been spilled since the project to pedestrianise the central boulevards was launched in 2014, mostly on the subject of mobility.

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Much ink has been spilled since the project to pedestrianise the central boulevards was launched in 2014, mostly on the subject of mobility. Now, as the works to transform public spaces are entering their final phase, many new projects to convert buildings have been launched in the surrounding district. The former stock exchange is being converted into “Belgian Beer World” and the former Actiris head office will become home to the “Eataly” food hall. These two new attractions will link the very tourism-dominated district around the Grand-Place to the Saint-Géry and Sainte-Catherine districts which are already under increasing pressure from the events and hospitality sectors. Does Brussels City Council intend to put limits on this trend, as have many other cities in Europe, or will it encourage it? What types of renovation projects most suit local residents?