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Sterrenwijk: picture of ‘t wijk

The residents of Sterrenwijk call their neighbourhood ‘t wijk. With some 875 inhabitants it is one of the smallest neighbourhoods in the city of Utrecht. Over 90 per cent of the houses in Sterrenwijk are categorized as social housing. The demarcation of Sterrenwijk is formed by Venuslaan, Abstederdijk, Notebomenlaan and Oosterspoorbaan. The quarter has few access roads and is therefore physically enclosed.

The district was originally built for the better working-class families. The houses were to last for a period of 25 years. Owing to the great housing shortage after WWII, the houses outlasted their life expectancy. Many large families with low incomes came to live in Sterrenwijk; a genuine workingclass neighbourhood grew; a district where people know each other and look out for one another. Residents are proud to live here. Community solidarity is an important element of the neighbourhood.

Many…

The residents of Sterrenwijk call their neighbourhood ‘t wijk. With some 875 inhabitants it is one of the smallest neighbourhoods in the city of Utrecht. Over 90 per cent of the houses in Sterrenwijk are categorized as social housing. The demarcation of Sterrenwijk is formed by Venuslaan, Abstederdijk, Notebomenlaan and Oosterspoorbaan. The quarter has few access roads and is therefore physically enclosed.

The district was originally built for the better working-class families. The houses were to last for a period of 25 years. Owing to the great housing shortage after WWII, the houses outlasted their life expectancy. Many large families with low incomes came to live in Sterrenwijk; a genuine workingclass neighbourhood grew; a district where people know each other and look out for one another. Residents are proud to live here. Community solidarity is an important element of the neighbourhood.

Many working-class neighbourhoods changed and so did Sterrenwijk. The ethnic composition of the district became more diverse, which affected the character of the neighbourhood. As the neigbourhood expanded the social cohesion diminished. Many older residents mention the disappearance of ‘gezelligheid’ (togetherness) of the neighbourhood. In the past residents lived in the streets, but nowadays they rarely meet outside. After all, ‘unknown equals unloved’. 

This exhibition takes you through Sterrenwijk; from the construction of the first houses to the present day. And who knows ‘to know is to love’ does apply…

Contact

Address:
Dutch Volksbuurtmuseum
Nederlands Volksbuurtmuseum
Waterstraat 27
3511 BW Utrecht
Plan your route

When

  • Every tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday until march 5th, 2023 from 11:00 to 17:00
  • Daily until march 5th, 2023

Location