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These erstwhile warehouses -- some dating from the 18th century -- along Entropotdok have been converted into apartments.


Neighborhood activists saved the buildings from the notorious alderman Han Lammers -- whose vision for urban renewal included plans for the wanton destruction of entire neighborhoods, including Amsterdam's world-famous Jordaan district.


Lammers was also closely connected to the forced abandonment and demolition of old, but perfectly good houses, in the Nieuwmarkt area for construction of the east-line of the Metro, as well as a planned highway through the neighborhood.


This foolishness led to heavy rioting in 1975. Like many Amsterdammers, I am proud to say I was there. While the metro was eventually built, plans for the highway were abandoned. When you visit the Nieuwmarket are nowadays it is plain to see how Lammers destroyed part of Amsterdam's heritage.


These former warehouse in the photograph were among many buildings saved from Lammers' barbaric policies.

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Taken on April 16, 2007