A last look at the ramshackle, pre-gentrification streets of Amsterdam’s Jordaan neighbourhood. Urban renewal assessment photographs from 1970-1983, by an anonymous city planning employee.
A working-class stronghold, renowned for tight community bonds, radical politics, a love of drink and a strong tendency to violence and vice, Amsterdam’s ramshackle Jordaan neighbourhood in the late 1960s/early 1970 was a strong candidate for urban renewal.
These photographs were taken by an anonymous employee from the city’s Spatial Planning Department during its assessment of the district.
Fifty years after they were taken, these images hold so much more than socio-economic evidence gathered for a city government department.
Today, decades of gentrification have brought galleries, restaurants, concept stores and boutiques to the ancient streets of Jordaan, obliterating the soul that radiates back at us from these images.
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