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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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'Only whites at new railway station'

4 June 2008 - One might argue that there seems to be a small black man at the right hand side of the photo, but Arnoud de Jong of the Amsterdam Centraal website does not think so. Apparently, there will be only white people at the new Central Station.

De Jong studied the municipal website. And "you know what? The 'artist impressions' contain not one clearly identifiable foreigner! Neither do I see any headscarfs, burkahs, djellabas or other religious or ethnic dressing up. Meanwhile, one in three residents of the capital are categorised as 'non-western ethnic minorities'. There's something wrong here!"

Amsterdam Centraal (in Dutch). Image from dIVV website

RESPONSE 7 June 2008 - There is also something to be said about how women are portrayed. Only blond, young, long-haired types, who are evidently not dressed for work, contrary to the men. And only one woman wearing a skirt, but this is clearly a sort of fat battle-axe wearing an unbecoming dark suit...

I don't see the use of "artist impressions" anyway. They always paint a totally unrealistic, far too pretty picture. See also the "artist impression" of the renovated Rijnstraat, where there are just a few bicycles standing neatly in the bicycle racks and the hundreds of other bicycles that are standing there every day have apparently been parked at home. No underground waste containers and other objects are lacking too.


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