A'DAM - BRUSSELS - More and more people are moving to the city, but what does the future of these growing cities look like? Thanks to Journalismfund.eu’s LOCAL grant programme, two media organisations (BRUZZ from Brussels and AT5 from Amsterdam) have teamed up for the first time to investigate the two cities. In a five-part series of videos and articles, the two city media delved into the crucial challenges for the city of tomorrow: mobility, housing, waste, tourism and language.

How will we move through our cities in 2040 and what place will the car have? Where will all these new city dwellers live and how do we keep a home in the city affordable? What are sustainable solutions for our urban waste and the litter on our streets? How can we prevent the flow of tourists from becoming a nuisance that dominates entire neighbourhoods? Last but not least, how should cities deal with the growth of English and dozens of other languages that the increasingly diverse population brings to the city? 

In their tour of the two cities, BRUZZ and AT5 look for the lessons that Brussels and Amsterdam, two cities of comparable size, can learn from each other. They do so by talking to residents, policymakers and experts, but also to visionaries who focus on the city of 2040. 

Photo: Luuk Koenen

Journalismfund.eu’s LOCAL pilot grant programme strengthens local cross-border independent and investigative journalism by making citizens more aware of local – and interrelated and global – issues. Today local journalism is more than necessary to empower citizens with an international outlook. This pilot aims to establish a European network of local (investigative) journalists by enhancing them to do more of these types of collaborations in the future.

Team members

Kris Hendrickx

Kris Hendrickx is a Brussels-based senior writer at BRUZZ. 

Eveline Welschen

Eveline Welschen is a BRUZZ all-round producer, based in Belgium. 

Eveline Welschen

Margot Otten

Margot Otten is a Belgian radio presenter, podcast maker and TV reporter at BRUZZ. 

Menko Arends

Menko Arends is a Dutch journalist who works for AT5 in Amsterdam. 

Menko Arends

Lotte Rigter

Lotte Rigter is a Dutch freelance journalist and researcher, located in Amsterdam. 

Aanaa Ahmed

Aanaa Ahmed is a freelance producer living in Amsterdam. 

Aanaa Ahmed

Luuk Koenen

Luuk Koenen works freelance as cameraman and photographer based in Breda (The Netherlands).

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