A conversation with Robin von Weiler, a independent real estate investor. Von Weiler had has played an important and well-appreciated role in transforming a declining shopping street in Rotterdam into one of the hotspots in the city. The Meent now has the lowest vacancy rate in the city centre of Rotterdam. The effects of the street’s popularity have impacted surrounding areas. More high-quality shops have come, and the area is sought-after for housing, restaurants and public events. With the newly-opened Markthal and the revitalisation of the central canals, this part of Rotterdam attracts international attention.
“You have to force yourself to look at the street with fresh eyes. All the time. Other peoples’ opinions help, so always listen to what people think of the street.”