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BICYCLE DUTCH video: "Amsterdam children fighting cars in 1972"

"The TV documentary [with a shortened, English-subtitled version] was made for a progressive broadcasting cooperation, [corporation?] and shows the Amsterdam neighbourhood 'De Pijp', which was about 100 years old at the time. The homes were run down and small.

The streets were never built, nor fit, for all the cars brought in by the 40,000 people living in the small area and its many visitors. This led to an overpopulated neighbourhood with a lot of dirt and filth, and especially the children suffered.

The documentary is one of a series, and this particular episode looks at the situation from a child’s perspective."

"Nowadays the residential streets in the Pijp look very different. The homes were renovated. The carriageways were narrowed, there are fewer parking places, more trees and many more bicycles. All together, that creates a far better living environment."

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