Thursday, June 5, 2003


there are undoubtedly people who see nothing wrong* at all with the decision of the city of amsterdam to dig up the whole city for a new metro line.
there are undoubtedly people who find it so important to get from point a to point b in a minimum of minutes that the maximum of litter and antisocial behavior typical of the underground becomes acceptable - not to mention a stuffy journey with no view at all.
whatever. i'm not one of them.
my heart breaks at what the endless construction work is doing to the stately heart of amsterdam : at the sight of endless bulldozers along the rokin, for instance, where trees used to flourish and the canal used to entice, or along the vijzelstraat, which has become a veritable obstacle course.
i'll opt for the tram anyday. at least this most beautiful of cities can be admired enroute.
the signs announce: "will be completed in 2011".
EIGHT years.
i'll be completely grey.
*theme thursday

1 comment:

  1. That's too bad. Construction projects can really ruin an otherwise beautiful view or area. Take for example the parliament building in Budapest:
    It's a gorgeous piece of architecture but because it was constructed with limestone, it constantly needs to be cleaned. I swear 90% of the time (when I still lived in Hungary) there was some sort of scaffolding covering at least half of the building. And of course you don't want to get me started on the road construction project currently creating an unsightly traffic nightmare in La Jolla.