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Berchem (Antwerp)

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Berchem
Flag of Berchem
Flag
Coat of arms of Berchem
Coat of arms
Berchem is located in Belgium
Berchem
Location in Belgium
Coordinates:
Country Belgium
Region Flemish Region
Community Flemish Community
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Antwerp
Municipality Antwerp
Postal codes 2600
Area codes 03
Website [2]


Berchem is a southern Wilrijk and Antwerp and the municipality of Mortsel. Berchem itself consists of three quarters, Oud Berchem, Groenenhoek and Nieuw Kwartier.

The 'Ring', Antwerp's circular motorway which follows the track of the former city defense walls, cuts Berchem in two parts, separating the urban inner city area of Oud-Berchem (intra muros) from the more residential and suburban areas Groenenhoek en Nieuw Kwartier (extra muros).

Contents

  • Demography 1
  • Economy 2
  • Political structure 3
  • Points of interest 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Demography

Berchem's total surface is over 1,500 acres (6.1 km2), and it is inhabited by more than 40,000 citizens.

Economy

The headquarters of the restaurant chain Quick are in Berchem.[1]

Political structure

After the decentralization of Antwerp in 2000, Berchem became a semi-independent district with its own legislative body, the so-called Districtsraad (District Council), and its own executive college. The District Council includes 23 members, directly elected for six-year terms by popular vote. The executive college comprises five Aldermen (Districtsschepenen), including a District Mayor (Districtsburgemeester), who are installed by the District Council.

Points of interest

The Art Nouveau and other fin-de-siècle style townhouses, many built between 1894 and 1906. The main streets of interest are Cogels-Osylei, Transvaalstraat, and Waterloostraat. After the area was entitled for demolition in the 1960s to be replaced with a business and office complex, demolition could be prevented while the area got monumental status in the 1980s. In recent years, the area became an attraction for architecture-minded visitors.

The Driekoningenstraat - Statiestraat is the main shopping and commercial area of Berchem. Though suffering competition from suburban shopping centers, the retail highstreet still has an interesting mix of Belgian, local, and international convenience and non-food stores. The highstreet has recently been refurbished, giving more space to pedestrians.

References

  1. ^ "Legal." Quick. Retrieved on March 15, 2014. "For any question or problem concerning this Website, please contact: Quick Restaurants NV - Communication Service - Grotesteenweg 224 / 5 in 2600 Berchem" and "Quick Restaurants SA manages and controls the Site from its headquarters in Berchem, Belgium."

External links

  • Berchem District Official Webpage
  • Greater Antwerp Official Webpage

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