This is not your typical auto-oriented, sprawling, single-family residential neighborhood. Nope, the City first extended the Metro (subway) Line B and built the Nesselande station as its northern terminus. Then the neighborhood started to take shape with plenty of green space, a plethora of housing options (from low density homes to high rise apartments), a central shopping area (with two supermarkets and 30+ shops), people-friendly streets, cozy bicycle routes, loads of public space for neighbors to interact, and a seaside resort. That’s right the neighborhood has its own beach!
Okay, it is technically still suburbia (suiting the more car-friendly Dutch lifestyle), but at least it has taken into account the benefits of short distances for most daily trips and making the full range of mobility options attractive for Nesselande-ers.
Here’s a little of the promo that I found on the neighborhood…
The new Nesselande residential district, northeast of Rotterdam, is to be occupied by more than 14,000 residents in 4,750 residential units. The centre of the new district comprises shops, urban facilities and housing. The shopping areas’s stunning design, presents Nesselande with a lively inner city whose character and design far exceeds the normal facilities provided in other such growth districts. The urban development plan, chosen by Rotterdam Municipality, offers a beach, a boulevard, a covered shopping courtyard, a public square and a pleasant residential environment in a strikingly harmonious architectural setting; the birth of the Nesselande Seaside Resort.
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