A better mix of businesses

The City owns a large number of retail premises, but at present has a haphazard approach to the sorts of businesses to which it provides permits. We want a clear vision for each district and a better mix of businesses. The economy of the Pentagon is mostly supported by tourism; this should be diversified and developed in the interests of its inhabitants. While “night Shops” serve a useful commercial and social function (often a route for newcomers to establish themselves) they should not crowd out other necessary businesses and services. This also applies to neighbourhoods with a more residential character such as Neder Over Heembeek, Haren and Laken.