In Amsterdam, as well as in many other hot European cities, the modus operandus now seems to be to change the social composition and with it the old affordable housing and their tenants. Tremendous speculation in various economic markets, the influx of large drug capital and legal low tax evasive technicalities have lead to increasing housing values and housing costs and the result was a gentrification of the city at the same time. On the same street the police forcefully evicted 40 squatters protesting high rents from another building on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.
Opposite the yellow building is another building once occupied by squatters including many artists, the evidence is visible below. In a few years these colorful buildings will be a thing of the past.