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Map-legendSchaerbeek municipality in the Brussels-Capital Region
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Schaerbeek (obsolete Dutch spelling, retained in French, pronounced -frskaʁˈbek) or Schaarbeek (Dutch, pronounced -nlˈsçaːrbeːkNl-Schaarbeek is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium. The first mention of the name was Scarenbecca, recorded in a document from the Bishop of Cambrai in 1120. The origin of the name may come from the Franconian (Old Dutch) words schaer (notch, score) and beek (creek).

Schaerbeek is nicknamed "the city of donkeys" (la cité des ânes or de ezelsgemeente). This name is reminiscent of times when people of Schaerbeek, who were cultivators of sour cherries primarily for Kriek production, would arrive at the Brussels marketplace with donkeys laden with sour cherries.

"Downtown Schaerbeek" is home to a large Turkish immigrant community, a significant part of which originates from Afyon/Emirdağ, Turkey. It is also home to a large Moroccan population and other immigrant communities. This area has also gathered a relatively bad reputation since the 1990's for its high crime rates and gang activity. Many residents of the Brussels region consider it to be a "ghetto" and see it as an undesirable area to live in, a view which is strongly contested by the local council.

"Uptown Schaerbeek" is nowadays a location selected by EU- and affluent people for its architecture and its convenient location (close to the EU and financial heart of the city, the airport and highways). Young couples are also favouring this suburb for its "Notting Hill" atmosphere and the still reasonable pricing of the estate, while prices are on the surge everywhere else in Brussels.

The Schaerbeek Cemetery, despite its name, is actually in the neighbouring municipality of Evere.

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