Amsterdam's Red Light District: Oudekennissteeg 5
This photo was taken on 21st June 2012 when two windows at Oudekennissteeg 5 re-opened as part of Project 1012
. Project 1012 is the plan to revitalise central Amsterdam within the 1012 postcode area. It proposes to reduce the size of the red light district and confine it to a more manageable area along the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal and immediately surrounding streets (like Oudekennissteeg). All windows in the Sexy Land area including those around the Oude kerk (everything west of the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal) are due to close.
The first 15 windows to close were rented from Office 52. The owner agreed to swap them for windows in the allowed region. These 'new' windows had previously shut in 2007/8 after BIBOB procedures failed but the owners were forced to sell up anyway.
At time of writing (Aug 2012), the owners of the remaining windows due to be closed have vowed not to co-operate plus the government doesn't currently have the money to buy them out. For now at least the other windows will remain open.
24th May 2012
Closed - Sint Annendwarsstraat 3-1, 3-2 and Trompettersteeg 3-3, 3-4, 3-5
- Stoofsteeg 1-1, 1-2
and Stoofsteeg 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
21st June 2012
Closed - Trompettersteeg 7-4, 7-5
and Dollebegijnensteeg 7-1, 7-2, 7-3
Opened - Oudekennissteeg 5-L, 5-R
and Oudezijds Achterburgwal 13-L, 13-M, 13-R
9th August 2012
- Trompettersteeg 3-4, 3-5
and Dollebegijnensteeg 3-1, 3-2, 3-3
- Oudezijds Achterburgwal 40-L, 40-M, 40-R
Oudekennissteeg 5 in January 2012 before it was renovated for it's re-opening later that year.