Urban Alternatives is launched by a collaboration of different actors which are united in their efforts to create a more democratic, just and sustainable world. This map seeks to highlight initiatives that work towards this goal. Proposal for initiatives not listed yet can be made directly on the website. This process is open to new collaborations.


Leeszaal Rotterdam West

Social & Solidarity Economy

The Leeszaal (Reading Room) started in 2012 when the public library in Rotterdam decided to close 18 out of 24 libraries. When protests led to nothing, two neighbours decided it was time to take matters into their own hands. Together with 100 volunteers, from 19 different countries, ranging from 11 to 84 years of age, they are now running a real public space that reconnects people through a wide range of events, language classes and random encounters. This is Leeszaal Rotterdam West.

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