Saturday, August 2, 2014

Museum Director: Amsterdam Dirty, Sordid and too Full

Wim Pijbes, director of the Rijksmuseum (National Museum) in Amsterdam, has written an open letter to the daily NRC Handelsblad. In it he says that Amsterdam is becoming ‘dirty, sordid and too full.’ He proposes an end to the illegal short-term rentals of rooms and the abuses concerning prostitution. Pijbes called the collection of domestic refuse in the city center and museum district ‘medieval.’ He added that even in the richest neighborhoods of Amsterdam, the refuse bags break open and the garbage is being eaten by gulls, rats and vermin.  

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