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Groenewoud is known as one of the most unsafe areas of Eindhoven. In 2008 there were 44 accounts of housebreaking, 33 accounts of vandalism, 13 accounts of drugs and alcohol annoyance, 81 accounts of violence and 158 noise nuisances. If you divide these “crimes” by the number of inhabitants you get a crime rate of 0,08. The crime rate of the whole city is 0,04. 215 of the 4096 inhabitants are unemployed. 5,2 % is unemployed. The average of the City of Eindhoven is 2,9%. Average income in Groenewoud is 9900 euro a year ( including children, elderly people and unemployed people ); this means that Groenewoud is the fourth poorest area of Eindhoven. Conclusion: Groenewoud is an area with a social and economical problem. The unemployment and average income of the area combined with the criminality rate doesn’t make Groenewoud the best neighborhood of Eindhoven. The area is very diverse and shows a high variety of different ethnical groups. An interesting question could be why this area attracted all these groups from different countries. (See the appendices B for the detailed diagrams) The data comes from http://eindhoven.buurtmonitor.nl/, a website made by the municipality of Eindhoven. The data used was that of 2008.
Cognitive Maps What? A cognitive map is a method where you ask participants to map an existing or virtual space and show how they navigate it. Why? Also this method is chosen on the criteria that it is simple, quick, and relevant to the ‘brabantwijk’. With this method certain areas could be discovered where it is very busy and on what time, and certain area’s that some people want to avoid, certain pathways or spatial behavior. How? With some maps of the ‘Woensel-west’ the group went to the area and approached some habitants in the neighborhood. They were asked to show their way from home to work, from home to the super-market, or the way they go when walking the dog. Going to the info shop the group was send to a nearby activity center where different activities are organized for the habitants and where parents where picking up their child from the childcare. The group approached three persons: A man who was sitting in his front garden with his dog, a mother who was picking up here chil-
Published on Jan 18, 2010