Amsterdam's Red Light District: Sint Annendwarsstraat 3
The corner of Trompettersteeg and Sint Annendwarsstraat. After the red light windows here closed in 2012 there was much anticipation as to what it would become. Unfortunately like several other new venues in the area it is a great disappointment. A front for selling some dubious looking blue chemical it has the misleading name "Hangover Information Center". I very much hope it fails miserably and something decent opens in it's place.
Photo taken October 2014.
Sint Annendwarsstraat 3 while work was taking place. Trompettersteeg was still open but even more difficult to walk down when crowded.
Photo taken April 2013.
This photo was taken on 21st June 2012. The corner building previously had five red light windows. Sint Annendwarsstraat 3-1, 3-2 and Trompettersteeg 3-3, 3-4, 3-5 were closed on 24th May 2012 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. 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.