Local Heart, Global Soul

September 23, 2017

Another Little Snippet Of Information…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Sometimes you learn tiny bits of information about your city. For instance I learned that the  title of “Longest flat / apartment building in The Hague” (and possibly one of the longest in the Netherlands also) is located in Loosduinen.

It’s a long curved building that has one end on the Laan Van Meerdervoort and the other on the Ockenburghstraat and is close to the beach at Kijkduin.

The big roads are main arterial routes in and out of the west of the Hague so are ones local use often. One of the biggest cemetery / cremation / funeral places is opposite too so sadly many people visit this side of town for less joyful reasons even if they do not live close by.

Himself and I are lucky to not have to live in a large apartment block, both of us agree that having so many people as direct neighbours would not suit us well at all.

Our small quiet street with older, character houses suits us much better. That said, at the end of the day, a roof over your head is not to be grumbled at and with house prices what they are, many have little choice. Large blocks of flats have a variety of private and social housing, the whole block as a community organise upkeep and the day to day running and there are lifts available, a must for many older people and families with very young children.

Houses often vary in size so families and single people can live side by side (whereas in a street such as ours, every house is more or less a ‘family” home) and in a time when the city council is trying ver hard that elderly people live at home (with local community nursing assistance for example) rather than move into care homes at the first sign of ill health, these kinds of buildings are often very much needed.

Some people even prefer larger block appartement living to other styles of housing, citing more modern building materials, sometime extra such as underground parking and less maintainance as reasons for their preference. Whilst it would never be our ideal style of living, we have the luxury of choice and can see that for many people it is ideal, so now we drive past knowing one more tiny fact about the character of our city… and that’s never a bad thing.

(photograph © Google Earth)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 1, 2014

Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane? (I Don’t Think It’s Superman!)…

Photographic post today: sculpture seen in the Hague suburb of Loosduinen… It’s it a Bird? Is it a Plane? … Who knows ? (but somehow I don’t  think it’s superman…)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

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