It is peppered with small shops and galleries, restaurants and brown cafes.
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But not everyone is pleased with the decision.
The Amsterdam city council wants to experiment with coffeeshops — those establishments where soft drugs like marijuana and hash are legally sold and consumed.
In one variant drugs would only be consumed on the premises. The other consists only of a take-way counter open during established store hours.
The man whose scream caused a panicked stampede of a crowd gathered at Amsterdam’s Dam Square for the national Remembrance Day commemorations last Tuesday has apologized, his lawyer says.
“By crying out at the end of the two minutes of silence my client acted impulsively due to frustrations in his personal life as well as have imbibed an excessive amount of alcohol that day,” van Essen explains. “He could not have foreseen the consequences of his scream.”
The disturbance caused panic in the crowd, with a 50 people injured in the stampede that resulted.
Federal rules to go into effect no later than December 2011 will prohibit coffeeshops from operating within 250 meters from a high school.
The crisis is to blame, but in some streets so are the much-delayed construction activities surrounding the problem-plagued new metro line.
Meanwhile, shop keepers in one popular shopping district are being priced out of their stores.