Houtwijk, Waldeck… are all Cauliflower neighbourhoods. What are those? No idea. We don’t see a cauliflower growing on every street corner, maybe it has something to do with the smell of the inhabitants? Or the ears? We are going to investigate.
At In our search for Cauliflower districts, we come across even more unusual terms, such as spaghetti district and macaroni district.
These are Bloemkoolwijken
Neighborhoods like Waldeck and Houtwijk are like labyrinths: all kinds of winding paths and courtyards that actually come up with nothing. You can easily get lost, especially as a visitor. Because of this special shape, these residential areas are also called cauliflower neighborhoods. Via a main road (the stem) you can drive into sub-neighbourhoods (the cauliflower florets). If you were to take an aerial photo, the neighborhood looks like a cauliflower.
The cauliflower neighborhoods are built between 1970 and late years’ 63. The idea behind it is to create cozy residential communities with playgrounds and neighbors who know each other, not far from the center of the city. After the war, many flats were built and these residential areas are the counterparts.
Source: Interveste, The Hague Municipal Archives, Woonerven.nl
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