This week I biked past Zeeburgereiland on my bike route from the Eastern Docks to IJburg and all I saw was completely desolation and this billboard. I had wanted to bike along side the IJ but this part of the city is so unfinished larg pieces of it are inaccessible.
It’s going to be the site of some significant development in the near future. It’s odd that in developing IJburg the city skipped over this part and is only now beginning to fill it in.
The site points to a fantastic concept at the site of the current silo’s to build an art house, playground, museum and restaurant with a fabulous view and attractive position: the Annie M.G. Schmidt house.
I biked on to IJburg and large swaths of that area still are empty and being built and filled in. Most people won’t remember how long it took for tram 26 to be extended there or when the first supermarket opened (is there one now even?).
Concerning that part of urban development we can learn a lot of the prefab cities being erected in the East (take Dan Hill’s account of New Songdo). I know it takes time to fill up residential units and some amount of organic growth/frontier mentality is good, but is it that hard to have basic amenities in place when the first people arrive there?
- Just like it had no clue about IJburg in the beginning. ↩