Articles in category: amsterdam

Traffic flow maps

A 1976 traffic study published by the city of Amsterdam contains beautiful traffic flow maps showing how cyclists and motorists use the city’s streets. A tweet alerted me to the fascinating history of traffic flow maps.

Scraping Airbnb

Airbnb is not exactly keen to share data that might help analyse its impact on local housing markets. In 2016, the Amsterdam Municipality decided to collect Airbnb data using a scraper - a computer programme that automates the job of retrieving information from web pages.

Visualising Amsterdam’s cyclists

Bike City Amsterdam, a new book by Fred Feddes and Marjolein de Lange, recounts how Amsterdam developed a cycling policy (more on the book below). An important source for the book is the archive of the Amsterdam branch of cyclists’ organisation Fietsersbond. In addition, traffic data was used to analyse trends.

Which Amsterdam neighbourhoods might qualify for an Airbnb ban

Last week, city council member Sofyan Mbarki (Social-Democrats) proposed a motion to ban holiday rentals in Amsterdam neighbourhoods such as the Haarlemmerbuurt, the Kinkerbuurt and the Wallen. A concentration of holiday rentals results in rising house prices, lower social cohesion, increasing pressure on the housing market and inequality, he argued. The motion has support from a majority of the council.

After the voter revolt: Collaboration in the Amsterdam city council

The city council election on 21 March 2018 saw a bit of a voter revolt. The election outcome reflects Amsterdam’s social divide. As a result, the composition of the city council changed considerably. So how are the established parties and the new parties getting along?

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