A little more than a year ago, I was asked to give a talk during the opening of a library. This was rather strange, given that in the same month the public library announced it would be closing 15 of the 21 libraries across Rotterdam in the coming 3 years. But this was no ordinary library. It was actually situated in a flat which was going to be refurbished in the coming years and was one of the actions undertaken by the resident group. Their reasoning behind it was simple, but very smart: the refurbishment has put quite a strain on the people living in the flat and we have mostly negotiated with the housing corporation up till now; it is time to change this. So let’s create a place where we can actually meet each other and have a conversation. T.