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European Journal

Belgium: Taking a creative turn

Brussels has already made a name for itself as a stronghold of planning lunacy. But the de facto capital of the European Union has another side to it - and it's a rather creative one.

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Stairs that lead into a wall, truly perplexing bicycle lane markings, zebra crossings to no-man's-land: it’s all here in Brussels. In a city where most everything is precisely measured, calculated and standardized at the behest of the EU, some residents take a more creative and relaxed approach. A German artist has collect the quirkiest examples and posted them online as "Belgian solutions."