Ghent (/ˈɡɛnt/; Dutch: Gent pronounced [ɣɛnt]; French: Gand [ɡɑ̃]; German: Gent [ˈgɛnt]) is a city and a municipality in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is the capital and largest city of the East Flanders province and after Antwerp the largest municipality of Belgium. The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Leie and in the Late Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe, with some 50,000 people in 1300. It is a port and university city.
The municipality comprises the city of Ghent proper and the surrounding towns of Afsnee, Desteldonk, Drongen, Gentbrugge, Ledeberg, Mariakerke, Mendonk, Oostakker, Sint-Amandsberg, Sint-Denijs-Westrem, Sint-Kruis-Winkel, Wondelgem and Zwijnaarde. With 240,191 inhabitants in the beginning of 2009, Ghent is Belgium’s second largest municipality by number of inhabitants. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 1,205 km2 (465 sq mi) and has a total population of 594,582 as of 1 January 2008, which ranks it as the fourth most populous in Belgium. The current mayor of Ghent, Daniël Termont, leads a coalition of the Socialistische Partij Anders, Groen and Open VLD.
The ten-day-long Ghent Festival (Gentse Feesten in Dutch) is held every year and attended by about 1–1.5 million visitors.
adding page because of Michel Bauwens in Ghent 2017
how is different from the FLOK Society project in Ecuador in 2014 …. First, here, the public authorities were very supportive and motivated ,and promised a follow up. Second, intensive contact with commoners as two-way street (in Ecuador, I had to mobilize them with great effort). Third, FLOK focused on knowledge commons, and I had to subvert the project to add the ‘material conditions’ for them, but here in Ghent, we went straight to all commons, material and immaterial. Part one explains, why the city and the commons (not yet as a commons) now ?; second part, what is happening in other European cities; third, our analysis of the local situation, its gaps and strenghts; part 4, how can the city authorities react to the new social demands of the commoners; this part had 18 integrated proposals
our Commons Transition Plan is now officially out, and available via the Ghent city site,
but first here a overview article:
The city of Ghent asked the renowned thinker Michel Bauwens transition to the world’s first urban “commons” transition plan to draw from. This plan will provide a major boost to the already rampant civil initiatives of Ghent. Is another city where possible governance and citizen each partner?
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I spent a few days in Ghent last year, and saw plenty of evidence of this. Even more now, apparently