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Old June 3rd, 2011, 12:21 AM   #1
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Charleroi (Belgium)

On a sunny day in may i visited Charleroi. Here are my pictures. I hope you enjoy!


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Old June 3rd, 2011, 12:24 AM   #2
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Oh yes, Im liking the industrial look! How safe is the city? Id quite like to wonder around those factories and mills.
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 12:57 PM   #3
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Really a great, very nice place; i knew somehow that Charleroi its great
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 01:44 PM   #4
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Amazing!
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 02:07 PM   #5
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Gerat pics from charleroi.

@ El greco: The city center is pretty safe. The area's with the old factories are near the city center so pretty safe. The neigborhoods behin those factories are very run down and might give an unsafe feeling but I don't think you have to worry although there is some crime in those area's.
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 03:37 PM   #6
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Very interesting looking city. Any idea of the date of the building in pic 16? Thanks.
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 03:59 PM   #7
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I think the city isn't more dangerous than other Belgian cities of the same size. The unemployment and the impoverishment of some areas give a bad image and feeling though.


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Very interesting looking city. Any idea of the date of the building in pic 16? Thanks.
It's from 1962. It is a student housing building (called Vigie Hennuyère) of the Université du Travail (former Ecole Industrielle). http://www.ut.be/logement-a-la-cite-...charleroi.html
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It's from 1962. It is a student housing building (called Vigie Hennuyère) of the Université du Travail (former Ecole Industrielle). [URL="http://www.ut.be/logement-a-la-cite-estudiantine-la-vigie-hennuyere-de-luniversite-du-travail-de-charleroi.html"
http://www.ut.be/logement-a-la-cite-estudiantine-la-vigie-hennuyere-de-luniversite-du-travail-de-charleroi.html[/URL]

Many thanks. I wondered if it was a pre-war building from the style.
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 08:34 PM   #9
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Interesting architecture, amazing buildings!
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 09:01 PM   #10
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Gerat pics from charleroi.

@ El greco: The city center is pretty safe. The area's with the old factories are near the city center so pretty safe. The neigborhoods behin those factories are very run down and might give an unsafe feeling but I don't think you have to worry although there is some crime in those area's.
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 09:05 PM   #11
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Thanks Skyeye for showing us de different faces of the city.
Allthough Charleroi has got a bad name in Belgium, the city has more to offer than gritty, run-down suburbs.
Nice pictures!
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Old July 24th, 2011, 02:56 AM   #12
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Great thread. I like how you show the pretty stuff, the normal everyday stuff, and the ugly stuff too.

Gives a real good 'feel' of what the city is like.
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Old July 25th, 2011, 07:57 PM   #13
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First time in Charleroi I was in 2005 and then it sticked in my memory as a nice and enjoyable town. I re-visited it few weeks ago. This time it gave somehow much worse feeling than 6 years ago, and one question dominated in my mind: what has happened there? Some shops/cafes bankrupted, some buildings empty or abandoned, some streets' surface half-ruined, quite many buildings neglected, overally very littered - and it's all in centre, I even wasn't in suburbs... Has global economic crysis left these footprints in Charleroi?
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Old July 25th, 2011, 08:58 PM   #14
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The city center is undergoing a quite important public work program. With among other the central loop of the city light rail system, a shopping center and several other improvement of the lower city center (a new cinema, refurbishment of some streets, a new pedestrian bridge and new embankments on the river,...). This part of the city have been close for quite a long time and some shop keepers just decided to close until the works end.
It's quite a lot of heavy works and all happening on the same time but I think that they are very important and worthy.
For instance picture 45 shows a street of the (former) red light district, girls have been moved away and there is a new street pavement, the parking building at the end of the street is also going to be refurbished.
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Old July 26th, 2011, 08:39 AM   #15
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Nice and interesting thread.....thanks.
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Old July 26th, 2011, 10:06 AM   #16
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Nice pictures of a city we don't get too often. BTW, does the city(or metropolitan area) really have a 30% unemployment rate?
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Old July 26th, 2011, 10:11 AM   #17
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Nice pictures, thankx for sharing!

The city would improve a lot if the inner-ring would be demolished and replaced by a tunnel with a park on top. But I'm affraid that would be too expensive.
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Nice pictures of a city we don't get too often. BTW, does the city(or metropolitan area) really have a 30% unemployment rate?
2006-30.9%
2009-26.4%

Maybe it increased back during the crisis, I can't seem to find more recent numbers. Other Walloon cities along the Samber and Meuse river have the same amount of workless people, all between 20% and 30%. Only Namen/Namur does better at 16%. It's basically because those cities share the same history that they have this higher unemployment rate compared to others.

To compare the numbers: (most recent numbers I could find)
Belgium: 9.5% (march2011)
Brussels: 20.8% (feb2011)
Wallonia: 13.8% (feb2011)
Flanders: 6.7% (march2011)
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2006-30.9%
2009-26.4%

Maybe it increased back during the crisis, I can't seem to find more recent numbers. Other Walloon cities along the Samber and Meuse river have the same amount of workless people, all between 20% and 30%. Only Namen/Namur does better at 16%. It's basically because those cities share the same history that they have this higher unemployment rate compared to others.

To compare the numbers: (most recent numbers I could find)
Belgium: 9.5% (march2011)
Brussels: 20.8% (feb2011)
Wallonia: 13.8% (feb2011)
Flanders: 6.7% (march2011)
Yes, that is the region I meant. That city looks interesting, though you are correct that it doesn't have much character compared to the English cities. But they would still be very much worth seeing. Sheffield had less Victorian character than the other cities but it was still nice and worth seeing.

There are good museums worth seeing in Belgium though - here is a partial list:

http://www.erih.net/regional-routes/...aas-rhine.html
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Charlerois is the "Detroit" of Belgium....
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