Every person for themselves or all working together?Amsterdam is the most diverse city in the world. It is not your identity that counts, but your mentality. Honest, open and with your heart in the right place, everyone can make their dreams come true here. That’s why we want the best teachers for our children and a decent job and good health care for all. It is by doing this that we ensure that everybody will feel at home in our city.
People or Profit?Amsterdam cannot become similar to other cities, where everything has become about money, to the detriment of the social make-up of the city. We want all Amsterdammers to benefit from the achievements of our thriving city. By doing this, Amsterdam will be a home for everybody.
An unaffordable city or affordable housing for all?Diverse neighbourhoods do not come about automatically, but require political choices; protection of social housing and the production of lots of new houses, for young people, families and the elderly. We must ensure that all Amsterdammers have a home here.
NINE POINTS OF ACTION
INTRODUCTION BY MARJOLEIN MOORMAN
Amsterdam. Damsko. Mokum. It’s incredible how much as Amsterdammers we love our city. Does this also happen in other cities? That feeling of butterflies biking through ones’ city? There is so much to love, so much that’s characteristic of Amsterdam. The sunlight over the canals, a class of school children made up of twenty different nationalities, a tram ringing its bell, a beer in a ‘brown café’. And all these different Amsterdammers.
Amsterdammers give Amsterdam its unique flavour. Stubborn, opinionated, brave, social, outspoken, but with a heart of gold.
Are we a happy city? Sometimes. Sometimes not. But what matters most is that we aspire to be. We are willing to work for it. It’s an assignment we give ourselves. An assignment to look out for each other, to care for each other and to make sure Amsterdam remains Amsterdam. Free, happening and social. That whoever calls Amsterdam home, feels at home. A city where you can take refuge amongst each other. Always.
On March 21st, we can choose the direction in which our city is heading. Do we choose a happy city or a city for the happy few? A city that works for people or profit? For us all together or alone? For all of us or some of us?
We choose to cherish the unique character of Amsterdam. We choose a city in which you can be at home, regardless the size of your wallet. And where you can feel at home, no matter who you are or where you are from.
More affordable housing
More affordable housing needs to be built. We want there to be an additional 120,000 houses built by 2030. We want to keep the existing housing stock affordable. We won’t sell social housing as long as demand still exceeds supply, especially in neighbourhoods where there’s hardly any affordable housing available. We will protect our overstretched housing market against investors and against the selling-off of the city and that’s why we want an Amsterdam-law. And we will ban AirBnB, because houses are to live in and not a business model.
Feeling at home
Feeling at home in a city requires decent work and quality education, with lots of green space, with clean air and clean streets. We will revive neighbourhoods which are long overdue. We will create 10,000 jobs. We want more law enforcement, street cleaners and teaching staff. And we will make sure insulation of social housing is a priority – leading to more jobs as well as lower costs of living and a better environment.
Feeling at home is only possible when one feels welcome and can participate. Exclusion, discrimination and segregation are not just unacceptable but must be actively fought. Education opportunities can never be dependent on your ancestry. And schools should be meeting places instead of sorting machines. In a city like Amsterdam, no child should grow up in poverty and nobody should need to feel lonely.
Feeling at home is only possible if you feel the city is your own. We shouldn’t let our city be taken away by people and companies that just want to make money of our city. Whose actions result in Amsterdam becoming more expensive, busier and unliveable. We love Amsterdam and therefore we will fight to ensure it remains a city for everybody.
On March 21st we choose the future for Amsterdam. We choose a happy city, a home for all Amsterdammers.