Amsterdam

European Cities Fear They’ll Lose Power to Regulate Airbnb

Facing housing shortages and mass tourism, 10 major cities want the European Union to protect their ability to regulate vacation rentals at the local level.

As Tourism Booms, Amsterdam Shifts to Damage Control

Fed up with raucous tourists, the Netherlands will stop promoting its capital as a destination. But new airports, cruises, and hotels will keep them coming.

A Modest Proposal to Eliminate 11,000 Urban Parking Spots

Amsterdam plans to systematically strip its center of parking spaces in the coming years, making way for bike lanes, sidewalks, and more trees.

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Amsterdam's Plan: If You Buy a Newly Built House, You Can't Rent It Out

In an effort to make housing more affordable, the Dutch capital is crafting a law that says anyone who buys a newly built home must live in it themselves.

Amsterdam Plans a Distinctly American High-Rise Island

A new tower development in the city’s harbor has a clear inspiration from U.S. and Canadian cities. But is it right for low-rise Amsterdam?

Here Comes Amsterdam’s Man-Made Island for Sustainable, Affordable Housing

Centrumeiland will soon hold hundreds of affordable homes with the lightest of possible carbon footprints.

The Surprising Fortunes of a Metro Expansion

What urban archaeologists found underneath Amsterdam as workers dug out the new Noord/Zuidlijn line.

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Amsterdam Doesn't Want Any More Stores for Tourists

So-called “Nutella Shops” are among the businesses now in the Dutch capital’s crosshairs.

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How to Be a Good 'Night Mayor'

New York is the first major American city to create an official body to oversee nightlife. Here’s what it can learn from the European cities that have tried it so far.

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Amsterdam Fights Back Against Rogue Bike Shares

Too many rental bikes are clogging up much-needed parking space, city hall says. But what’s the plan?

Amsterdam's Infrastructure Dilemma: Bikes or Boats?

A years-long debate over a bridge pits the city’s vision for the future against the national government’s.

An Amazing Digital Archive of Amsterdam's Past

Historical videos inspired by “Game of Thrones,” photos of long-lost neighborhoods, and maps of the best old buildings still standing today. What more could you ask for?

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Dutch Cyclists Feel the Squeeze

With cargo bikes gaining popularity, cyclists say it’s time to rethink how much road space is given to cars.

Designs for Amsterdam's Central Station

Amsterdam Is Flooding, On Purpose

Widened canals—and underground bike parking—will bring the city’s Central Station a little closer to nature and history.

How Industry Can Create Snow

Credit the “Wegener-Bergeron process” for making this rare blotch of human-induced snow.

Amsterdam's New Housing Frontier: The Unused Space Above Stores

The city is offering up to $26,000 to store owners to convert empty rooms into homes.

Amsterdam Designers Plan a Greasy 'Fatberg' for the Waterfront

A small island made entirely from grease would attract hungry seagulls and delight (disgust?) all in sight.

Amsterdam Road Tests a Pollution-Zapping Flower

The “supercharged” honeysuckle called the Green Junkie could be a part of the Dutch city’s scheme to rid its air of carbon emissions.

The Outdoor Office Revolution Has Arrived Just in Time for Summer

Pop-ups in the U.S. and Amsterdam are bringing the workplace into the sunshine.

Which European Cities Will Grab London's Post-Brexit Business?

There are many contenders, but no clear winner.