Amsterdam's Red Light District: Oudezijds Achterburgwal

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 40, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
This is Oudezijds Achterburgwal 40 in August 2012 not long after it re-opened as a set of three red light windows.
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 40, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 40 in August 2012.

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 40, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
This is Oudezijds Achterburgwal 40. I took the photo on the 21st June 2012 while it was being renovated in preparation for it's re-opening on 9th August 2012. The re-opening is because of Project 1012. Project 1012 is the plan to revitalise central Amsterdam within the 1012 postcode area. It proposes to reduce the size of the red light district and confine it to a more manageable area along the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal and immediately surrounding streets. All windows in the Sexy Land area including those around the Oude kerk (everything west of the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal) are due to close.
The first 15 windows to close were rented from Office 52. The owner agreed to swap them for windows including these in the allowed region. These 'new' windows had previously shut in 2007/8 during the BIBOB closures which penalised owners who were thought to be connected with criminal activities like tax evasion.
At time of writing (Aug 2012), the owners of the remaining windows due to be closed have vowed not to co-operate plus the government doesn't currently have the money to buy them out. For now at least the other windows will remain open.  
The other windows in the picture have remained open throughout with the exception of no.9 which only became a window in May 2012.
Time line-

24th May 2012
Closed - Sint Annendwarsstraat 3-1, 3-2 and Trompettersteeg 3-3, 3-4, 3-5
Opened - Stoofsteeg 1-1, 1-2 and Stoofsteeg 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

21st June 2012
Closed - Trompettersteeg 7-4, 7-5 and Dollebegijnensteeg 7-1, 7-2, 7-3
Opened - Oudekennissteeg 5-L, 5-R and Oudezijds Achterburgwal 13-L, 13-M, 13-R

9th August 2012
Closed - Trompettersteeg 3-4, 3-5 and Dollebegijnensteeg 3-1, 3-2, 3-3
Opened - Oudezijds Achterburgwal 40-L, 40-M, 40-R


Video of Oudezijds Achterburgwal 40 in June 2012

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 40, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
This is Oudezijds Achterburgwal 40 on 15th January 2012 before work was started to transform it back into three red light windows.

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