This is how Milkshake left Westerpark. This festival claims to love sustainability. It sealed off most the park for locals for 10 days during a heatwave and now there is nothing left to enjoy at all. The park is also full of balloons and trash, and this is where neighborhood kids are supposed to play outdoors during their summer holidays.
Amsterdam has appointed six neighborhood caretakers who are responsible for a clean public space. Locals can call them on their cell if they spot a problem. It is a bit of a laughing matter on Twitter because Amsterdam already has 14020, a service desk and reporting issues to them hardly ever results in a quick response.
I Amsterdam, the marketing organization of the city proudly announced Amsterdam is one of the greenest capital cities in Europe. But the locals pained by garbage dumps, parks being shut down for weeks in a row for festivals, noise pollution and witnessing old trees being chopped down in bulk to make room for more parking lots, buildings and roads beg to differ.
The city knows how bad things have gotten in Amsterdam. They have put up signs in English and Dutch, and also started a campaign to tell tourists that people actually live here. Unfortunately the city didn’t include additional police to actually enforce our laws and rules. Without it, this is nothing more then yet another expensive Hail Mary Campaign.