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‘Twin city bad for Amsterdam’

17 March 2007 - Amsterdam and Almere want to grow into a twin city, with housing in the IJmeer. A bad idea, argue Willem Verhaak and Joris Wijnhoven of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands).

According to the plans, Almere will build 60,000 new houses, partly in a ‘maritime living environment’ in the IJmeer. In addition, better connections should become available for commuters to travel from Almere to Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport.

“All employment will concentrate around Schiphol and the Zuidas, with all kinds of environmental problems as a result, while Almere will remain a dormitory suburb until the end of time”, write Verhaak and Wijnhoven in an opinion article in Milieudefensie Magazine.

They also object to the plans to widen motorways. “This will do air quality in Amsterdam no good: more asphalt will accommodate more cars”.

Instead, it would be better to create more jobs in Almere: “Revive the plans to create a university, argue for moving Hilversum’s media sector to Almere, do something!”

The opinion article can be interpreted as criticism of Amsterdam Alderman Maarten van Poelgeest (Green Party), who launched the plan for a twin city last year in collaboration with his Almere counterpart.


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