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11/1 Jurists want to stay in Oudemanhuispoort

8/2 Mayor’s portrait

8/2 Websites for social cohesion

7/2 Spreading tourism proceeds with difficulty

7/2 GroenLinks on districts: Be a man

6/2 Zuideramstel opens new office on Sabbath

5/2 The truth about integration

4/2 Wilders has little support on Amsterdam

3/2 Elite involved in neighbourhood

2/2 Johnnie Walker avoids taxes in Amsterdam

1/2 Rotterdam to tinker with district councils as well

31/1 Wooden rowing boats to disappear from Amstel

31/1 ZeeburgTV launched

27/1 Privacy activists to mess up loyalty card system

27/1 A few were still coughing, but that was an act

27/1 Chrisis in de Baarsjes

26/1 Youth have positive view of districts

24/1 Action groups call for Carmel and Jaffa boycott

24/1 PvdA members dismiss plan for districts

23/1 KLM takes on crisis with new uniform

23/1 District office not squatted

21/1 Merge districts

20/1 Closing squat bar Vrankrijk not necessary

20/1 Cleaners welcome new Schiphol director

18/1 Palestine at the Jewish Historical Museum

18/1 What is the right size for a district?

17/1 PvdA Oost against fewer districts

16/1 Committee: 7 districts by 2010

15/1 Soldiers may attend Afghanistan debate after all

15/1 Bait bike leads to arrest

14/1 Youth for Christ to republish vacancies

13/1 Paintings of the Zuidas

13/1 New Youth for Christ contoversy

11/1 Social cohesion initiative raises eyebrows

10/1 Fewer districts in 2010

10/1 Zuidas: People feel that we are losers

9/1 Fun on the ice - but not for all

9/1 Supermarket coupon fraud thwarted

9/1 I Amsterdam must remain exclusive

8/1 Use term Apartheid in every discussion

8/1 No city kiosk in Amsterdam yet

7/1 Snow

7/1 Fatima Elatik to run Zeeburg

7/1 Municipal managers to return to shop floor

4/1 Police: take photo of strange people

3/1 Gaza protest criticises politicians

1/1 Thousands to protest against attacks on Gaza

1/1 Mustapha Laboui leaves district council


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What to do with the palace?

The palace on Dam Square is loaned to the queen, but she is hardly ever in. Next year, the renovation will be completed. What to do with the building when that time has come? News from Amsterdam would like to hear your opinion.

Please note that responses will not appear on the website immediately. See also: Evict the queen from the palace.

I find that the name palace is incorrect for the former City Hall of Amsterdam. Therefore, I also find that it should be restored to its public function, in the interest of the people of Amsterdam. They are entitled to it, and no more antics for the “Royal House” (Hans Helmerhorst, Dutch Citizen, 13 May 2007).

Quickly restore it to its public function: receptions, weddings, museum. The heart of Amsterdam! (Pieter Beste, district council member Slotervaart, 13 May 2007).

In addition to the queen, other important people in government service should be able to use the building I would say. The more people and/or organisations use it the more the renovation will be worth the money it cost. Even Louis Bonaparte had already created a museum in it (Jan, 4 May 2007).

As far as I am concerned, the Queen and the future King may keep using the Palace at Dam Square for official receptions and occasions. In addition, the palace kan keep a public function as a monument, a museum, for cultural activities and perhaps even for official receptions of the Amsterdam Municipality (Mark Doorn, VVD council member Amsterdam Centrum, 1 May 2007).

It would be a good thing if Amsterdam, being the capital of the country, would succeed in realising more official receptions of the government, the royal family and the city government. In addition, it will remain a building that is in part accessible to the general public (Gerrit Brunink, D66 Centrum, 1 May 2007).

The old town hall, centrally located at Dam Square, should be used as a Switch by head of state, national government and city government (Luud Schimmelpennink, member of the Centrum District Council, 1 May 2007).

The palace should be returned to the Amsterdam Municipality and be turned into a museum that anyone can visit (Dingeman Coumou, member of the Centrum District Council, 30 April 2007).

The palace on Dam Square would make a splendid location for the national historic museum (Els van Wageningen, 30 April 2007).


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