Brussels’ canal quarter has long languished, but the area (about 600m northwest of Yser metro station) is being given a new lease of life thanks to the regeneration of these old canalside warehouses and customs depots. Built over a century ago by the Tour et Taxis family, who founded Belgium’s postal service, today the buildings are being transformed into the Tour & Taxis complex, hosting temporary exhibitions (such as Star Wars), and harbouring a growing collection of industrial-chic shops, bars and restaurants. The renovations are part of an ambitious blueprint to rehabilitate the entire canal quarter.
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