On 1 December last year, the Centrum District has cut away a bicycle parked at the Keiizersgracht because of a photo shoot for a magazine. After the Ombudsman intervened, the district concluded that the removal was not justified because warning signs had not been put up in time. The owner has therefore received 246.16 in damages to pay for the lock, travel expenses and the time he spent on it.
Earlier this year, Nelson Ferraz presented an iPhone app showing your position on a map from 1572. Last weekend, he developed a new version of the app with Kris Markel at the Appsterdam iOS Dev Camp, which won the first place. In addition, the app won in the ‘Best Satellite App’ category at the global iOS Dev Camp in San Jose, California.
Last year, initiatives have been taken against the delivery of unwanted phone books in Amsterdam. They appear to have been successful, for residents of Amsterdam and the Hague received a card this week they can use to indicate whether or not they want to receive a phone book. According to the Stop de Telefoongids Facebook page, the system is not functioning flawlessly yet.
In the future, more time will be taken for ‘internal deliberations and coordination’ before the police takes a decision to intervene in squat actions, mayor Eberhard van der Laan announced in his response to questions by council members of SP, GroenLinks and Partij voor de Dieren regarding the eviction of a squat at the Simon Stevinstraat in Oost on 13 May.
On 6 September, the municipality will get a new website with a layout that responds to the user’s screen, which will make the content readable on a smartphone. In addition, the districts will feature more prominently on the new site. By default, users will be presented with information from the Centrum district, but if they choose another district, their preference will be stored in a cookie.