How metropolitan are the Netherlands and how can the different centres in the Dutch urban network increase their (metropolitan) attractiveness?



For Plandag 2o13, Planning is not without value(s), David Dooghe wrote the paper ‘Association seeks Metropolis’, in which the first conclusions of the Project: The International Perspectives, were described.

The urban network of Metropolis NL is slowly developing, due to the increasing mobility between the different Dutch centres. However, at the moment these centres are very similar; they all have a regional function. As a result, from an international perspective, these centres are not attractive to visit or invest. From a national perspective, if these centres increasingly function as similar regional centres, investing in mobility between these centres is in a way useless. In order to increase the return on investment in mobility, a centre needs to offer opportunities, different than the other centres, in order to be attractive to visit. Developing or attracting unique international players is a vital strategy to do so. In order to root these international players in the centre, they need to offer opportunities for the local inhabitants. As only by connecting global and local, true metropolitan centres, or cities of the world, can come to existence.

The focus on local organisations is furthermore important, this due to the decreasing involvement of the Dutch central government in the development of these centres. This decrease of involvement leaves a new playing field for private partners, NGO or inhabitants to get involved in the development of the centres, or as was concluded at the Metropool forum 2o12, organised by Deltametropolis: People create the metropolis, governance only follows.