by bus - PALAces for the people
In the 19th century many workers lived in poor, unsanitary areas. A number of philanthropic industrialists provided better housing, such as the Familistère built by the stove manufacturer Godin by the Canal, or Cité Linthout. The first social housing blocks were at Cité Hellemans in the Marolles. Cooperative garden districts were created, such as the Cité Moderne in Berchem, and high-rise buildings were constructed in green surroundings, such as the Cité Modèle in Laeken. More recently, innovative social housing projects have been carried out in the city centre.
The tour can easily be combined with See & Kiss Brussels , an introduction to the city.