Four years ago, Clientearth and several Brussels citizens took the regional government to court over its lack of any air quality improvement plan. In the final hearing this week, all the government's lawyers managed to do to defend themselves was put the quality of their own pollution measurements into question. It's depressing.
On the contrary, rather than admitting that there is a problem and committing to solve it, the Brussels lawyers in court today have gone as far as discrediting the reliability of air quality measurements carried out by the government’s own environmental agency. In doing so, they expose the residents and workers of this city to unacceptable health risks in their day to day lives.
Alice, a new shop dedicated to urban art and culture, recently opened its doors in Brussels. It stocks books, magazines, toys, stickers, t-shirts and more. It also features a gallery dedicated to street art where the first exhibition will be taking place at the end of this month. It looks promising although it felt sort of empty when I visited it last week, it’s a bit early to judge though. The shop’s located at the end of the Rue Dansaert, close to the canal and Le Bonheur, a recent defector to that part of town.