More than a thousand windmills sprung up in Zaanstreek – right next door to Amsterdam – during the 17th and 18th centuries. Making it into a hot innovation spot with many startup windmill business. They sawed wood, threshed corn, pressed grain and nuts to oil, milled coloured powder from chalk and ground snuff from tobacco leaves. All sorts of craftsmen moved into the area including tin founders, boat builders and sail makers.
In Amsterdam we might not always be aware that what the city has to offer us – is not the standard for many who come to visit. As born Amsterdammers we are somewhat spoiled with so much choice to experience and entertain us Food Lovers, Fashion Passionates, Art & Music Lovers, Creators….
Amsterdam like many cities is constantly changing, morphing to adapt to new realities. Where the old is no longer used it opens new opportunities. Leaving the industrial era and entering into a service related economy, leaves behind vacant buildings, that are first only known to a few urban explorers.