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The altering spatial association of town of Amsterdam displays a larger-scale procedure: the frequent form of Western towns is altering around the globe. for hundreds of years, the city middle used to be taken with no consideration because the point of interest for overseas contacts and daily actions. The essays accrued right here give some thought to how city areas were transformed—not simply spatially yet socially, economically, and culturally—into multi-centered metropolitan arrays, with individuals interpreting the hot city identities that could emerge from such altering stipulations.

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2001) “De droom van de jaren twintig,” De Groene Amsterdammer. Stevin, S. “Van de oirdening der steden,” in Materiae politicae; burgherlicke stoffen, 1649, Leiden: Rosenboom, 161; quoted in Bakker, 87. HumanCapital 06-03-2003 16:50 Pagina 48 Taverne, E. (1978) In het land van belofte. Ideaal en werkelijkheid van de stadsuitleg in de Republiek 1580-1680, Maarssen: Schwartz. Valk, A. van der (1989) Amsterdam in aanleg. Planvorming en dagelijks handelen 1850-1900, Amsterdam: PDI/UvA, 224. Valk, A.

It simply did not have the cash for large-scale demolition and rebuilding. But there was also the fact that the elite remained loyal to the area. They appreciated the harmony, and even at this time, they were proud of it. Filling in the main canals never seriously occurred to anybody – especially once the water quality improved considerably at the end of the 19th century and one of the main drawbacks of the canal belt, the summer stink, was eliminated. Moreover, around the turn of the century a powerful middle-class lobby emerged which was largely able to prevent any further destruction of the old city.

And the Dutch Calvinists made the same comparison – they liked to call themselves “children of Israel,” the lost tribe of Abraham, creators of the new promised land. It seems almost impossible that such dreams did not play a role in the city designs of the Golden Age. Unlike Taverne and Olsen, the city historian, Boudewijn Bakker, therefore claims that the beauty and order of the Amsterdam canals did not happen by chance. Clearly, there were some masterful hands at work; men who had an ideal city in mind for Amsterdam, a “compleat citie” as the classics called it, one based upon the divine harmony which was reflected in the dimensions of man and nature.

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