Return to Flushing – part 2

(see also Return to Flushing – Part 1 )

But even without the implementation of the plans for the Scheldt Quarter, Flushing is an interesting destination at the end of the railway line . It is like a smaller version of the antithesis of Amsterdam-Rotterdam: Middelburg is beautiful and picturesque but actually Flushing is more interesting. Even if it’s only because of the vessels, bound for Antwerp, that come very close to the beach:

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Maritime

Or the maritime atmosphere with the robust quays, the sheds and yards and jetties in all shapes and sizes:

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Past glory

Or the magnificent pieces of past glory that can be found here:

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Blowing in the wind

Or the use of the elements in public art, like in this windorgan:

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Fragmented urbanism

Flushing consists of urban fragments of completely different scale and architecture, but that’s what makes the city so fascinating:

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Urban spaces

There are a couple of great urban spaces, such as the marina:

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Square

…and Bellamypark, recently converted from parking to square:

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The promenade

But the most beautiful urban space is, in my humble opinion, the promenade:

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Color

Colorful, is an obvious term for this row of houses along the promenade:

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Scaled up

…which, a little further on along the promenade, has been scaled by a factor ten, it seems:

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Visitors

Well, it’s not exactly great architecture, but somehow it fits here… Anyway, these visitors of Flushing couldn’t care less:

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