Regiopolitan Living Parkstad Limburg
Parkstad Limburg is a modern name, a policy metaphor, given to the urban landscape in our former coal mining region around the city of Heerlen. The mines were closed in the 1960s when cheap American coal and the find of a large natural gas bubble in Groningen ended the golden era of Dutch coal. In social/economic sense the region still did not completely recover from this blow. Moreover, Parkstad is one of the demographical shrinking regions of Europe.