Turn ‘Zuidas’ into an international icon says VVD Amsterdam
The area on the south side of the city should be a place where international companies, expatriates and internationally oriented inhabitants of Amsterdam feel at home according to City Council candidate Frank van Dalen (VVD).
“The Amsterdam ‘Zuidas’ should be an international icon”, said City Council candidate Frank van Dalen (VVD) during a visit to the ‘Zuidas’ on Monday. Van dalen believes that the area on the south side of the city should be used as a means to end the city's inferiority complex from which it has suffered for years. The ‘Zuidas’ in the vision of Van Dalen is a combination of working, living and entertainment; a place where international companies, expatriates and internationally oriented inhabitants of Amsterdam feel at home.
The VVD Amsterdam believe that Amsterdam is still too often seen as ‘a village on the Amstel’. City Council member Fjodor Molenaar (GroenLinks) suggested during last Friday's UvA-pride debate that Amsterdam is and always will remain merely "a European country town."
Van Dalen sees a need to recreate the image. He envisions a mix of living, work and entertainment. "A large modern club should open its doors and there must be room for art in public spaces which is also projected on the beautiful architecture. The street names should be more international. A Shanghai Boulevard or a Sydney Avenue makes it instantly clear what the South-Axis is all about: ambition, progress and Amsterdam as an attractive international center for business, tourism and residence," he said.
The VVD structurally wants a thousand student properties. For international visitors, high end hotels and short stay apartments offer a solution while adequate housing-and amenities for expats –both in the higher and the middle segment- are needed as well. "It would be good if check-in desks for Schiphol are installed at the Zuid/WTC station, complete with a luggage check-in and screens where the arrivals and departures of aircrafts at Schiphol are shown”, Van Dalen added.
Many projects at the ‘Zuidas’ have been postponed, something which the VVD finds unacceptable. "To developers who do have ground positions for development but are not taking action, we say: start building or sell your position. In our opinion this certainly applies to the housing corporations. There are plenty of international players who are willing to shape the ‘Zuidas’.," said Van dalen.
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