Amsterdam's Red Light District: Dollebegijnensteeg

Amsterdam red light district
Dollebegijnensteeg 7-3, 7-2, 7-1, 9-1 and 9-2 in Amsterdam's red light district in October 2010. 7-3, 7-2 and 7-1 closed on 21st June 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.
Time line-

Spring 2014
Shop / cafe / gallery type places (link shows June 2014 photos) opens in the former RLD windows of Sint Annendwarsstraat 3-1, 3-2 and Trompettersteeg 3-3, 3-4, 3-5. Just like the Ton Ton club at the former Sexy Land adult shop they appear to be very low quality and just subsidised fill-ins until proper businesses take over.

24th May 2012
Closed - Sint Annendwarsstraat 3-1, 3-2 and Trompettersteeg 3-3, 3-4, 3-5
Opened - 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
Closed - Trompettersteeg 3-4, 3-5 and Dollebegijnensteeg 3-1, 3-2, 3-3
Opened - Oudezijds Achterburgwal 40-L, 40-M, 40-R


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