Otto Raspe advises Eindhoven to find some inspiration in southern Germany
Brainport Eindhoven is a strong region, but there is still a lot lacking in areas such as the power of agglomeration and the urban environment. But according to Otto Raspe (Environmental Planning Agency, Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving), a lot can be done about this with the right policy. “The best example of this is Munich: a truly exceptional city. Very successful, and in many ways the difference was made thanks to a very active government.” Rasp, therefore, has a clear suggestion for the policymakers in the Brainport Eindhoven region: “Be inspired by that city and see for yourself how things should be done. Or better still, enter into a collaboration with Munich in order to compete with China together.”

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