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By Stijn Buyst, editor of Use-it. Twenty years ago, if you were walking around with a camera in Ghent, you were probably an art student. Parts Alt scene search the city centre are now awash with rib joints and places offering the waterzooi chicken soup — the famous local speciality that nobody actually makes at home — but young people are starting up new bars and clubs in outer neighbourhoods such as Sint-Amandsberg, Gentbrugge and Muide.

The municipality is supportive of the move outwards. What was once part of the harbour next to the decrepit Dampoort railway station will be redeveloped into an imaginative housing project in the next few years.

But before people move in, the city has allowed the experimental artistic collective DOK to use the Alt scene search for concerts, an improvised beach, and for drive-in cinema evenings during which a stunt car jumps through a caravan and a piano is thrown off a factory roof by way of an intermission.

But hip developments aside, Ghent has retained its strong character, and a lot of the new spots are the same old places but with new, young owners.

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