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Old May 10th, 2010, 01:19 PM   #21
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46. The "van Bergen IJzendoornpark" is a park to the north of the city center. Albertus Adrianus van Bergen IJzendoorn was the mayor of Gouda from 1864 to his death in 1895. He left the city 40,000 guilders to create a park, and in 1901 the park was opened.

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Old May 11th, 2010, 06:23 PM   #23
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48. The Wachtelstraat is a street, just outside the city center. It used to be all dilapidated and the houses nearly collapsed, but one of the local social housing corporations renovated them to their original state. Housing corporations in the Netherlands play a quite unique role. They're not only there for the poor. In fact, some 30% of Dutch people live in a social rented dwelling. Also, housing corporations act as 'social developers', having enough money to engage in non-profitable projects such as this one.
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That's interesting! Thanks for sharing.
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Old May 11th, 2010, 07:27 PM   #25
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Interesting, very nice updates
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Old May 12th, 2010, 08:23 AM   #27
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49. The Westerkerk ('West Church') is a church in the south west of the city, in the Korte Akkeren neighbourhood. This area was built in the early part of the twentieth century to accomodate the growing demand for housing by the labourers of the then booming industry.

The church was probably built under Amsterdam School architecture, though I'm not really sure about that.

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Old May 12th, 2010, 05:45 PM   #28
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Due to flickr blocking skyscrapercity, the pictures might be (temporarily? please?) unavailable..
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Old May 13th, 2010, 09:56 AM   #29
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Flickr is back! Thanks Jan! And shame on Flickr for doing this...

51. De Producent (lit. 'The Manufacturer') is probably the best name for a manufacturing company As far as I know, they produce dairy. Including the famous Gouda cheese.
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52. Note the fat guy in the bottom left corner
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Old May 14th, 2010, 01:12 PM   #30
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The railway station. Although it doesn't seem large, it actually is one of the most important railway hubs in the Netherlands. All trains from Rotterdam and the Hague going to Utrecht and further need to pass this station. As a result of this, Gouda has excellent connections to most big cities.
* 10 trains per hour to Utrecht (takes 20 minutes to get there)
* 8 trains per hour to The Hague (takes 19 minutes to get there)
* 8 trains per hour to Rotterdam (takes 18 minutes to get there)
* 2 trains per hour to Amsterdam (takes 50 minutes to get there), but you can also use the trains to Utrecht to get to Amsterdam.

Conclusion: if you're in one of the 'big cities' of the Netherlands, don't forget to pay Gouda a visit.

53. The railway station was built in the 1980's.
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54. The statues originate from the old railway station, which was bombed in WWII.
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55. The Crabethstraat, next to the railway station
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Old May 14th, 2010, 03:41 PM   #31
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nice thread. the pictures are very nice. very clean images. nice looking town too. it may not be the cheese but it still looks tasty.
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Old May 15th, 2010, 05:08 PM   #32
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56. The most well-known landmark of Gouda has only played a marginal role in this thread. Until now. I'm talking about the 15th century gothic Stadhuis (City Hall). It was built at the center of the Markt square after a large fire destroyed a large part of the city. Situated at the center of the square, built from sandstone, made it less vulnerable to fires. Some say it is the most photographed building in the Netherlands.

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57. The Markt square is the focal point of the city. Unfortunately not on this picture because it was a monday evening and particularly cold.
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58. Lange Tiendeweg
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Old May 15th, 2010, 05:49 PM   #33
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Traditional Dutch cities are always beautiful and Gouda is apparently no exception.

I have never been, but that will now change.

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Old May 17th, 2010, 12:03 AM   #34
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Today I will show you another face of the city. In the 1960's, the city started to expand to the north of the railway. Now, this area will be redeveloped gradually, because everyone agrees 1960's architecture sucks ass, and because the potential of the area, near one of the busiest railway lines is not used at all.

59. This is what people see when they pass Gouda by train. Not really an invitation to get off that train, though as you've seen the city center is worth it. The area should be transformed in the next couple of years. A new City Hall will be built, starting this summer. After that, a new station, hotel, offices and apartments will be built. For now, it's just ugly as hell.
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60. To the right, 1980's ugly architecture. To the left, 2000's ugly architecture...
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61. The hospital from the 1960's. I was born here
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62. The tallest residential building. It's not tall, I know. I think it really shows the identity crisis Gouda is in. Should we build tall and become a real city, or should we stay low? This concession just isn't 'it'...
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63. To the right, new apartments will be built
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64. The sixties have produced worse, but still not the prettiest buildings in town.
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65. I don't know what they need this for at the hospital...
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66. Construction site
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Old September 6th, 2010, 09:18 PM   #35
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Unfortunately, I haven't been able to update this thread in a while, but I've decided that at least every now and then I'll have to

Gouda is located in the Groene Hart ('Green Heart') of the Netherlands. The major Dutch cities have sprawled massively in the 20th century and keep on doing so. One day, this concept of the Green Heart was born. Nobody knows who invented it, and nobody knows when that exactly happened, but it must have been somewhere in the sixties. The concept wasn't officially used in policy for a long time, but somehow people agreed not to build in the area. This resulted in a relatively thinly populated area surrounded by a large conurbation, the Randstad.

67. The historic skyline of Gouda as seen from the south.

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68. I tried to experiment with the sky, but I don't like the result. Still, here's a pic of the polders south of the city.

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69. Here's an older picture that I took 3 years ago with a crappy camera. It is taken from the tower of the Gouwekerk. Next saturday, the tower will be open for the public again, and I will ascend and take pictures. Stay tuned.
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I love the scale and building materials of Dutch cities.
The attention to graphic design (banners, store fronts etc) is also remarkable.
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The attention to graphic design (banners, store fronts etc) is also remarkable.
There are special commissions in every municipality that judge whether a store front or banner etc is ok or not. Sometimes, this leads to endless bureaucracy, but overall it causes the city to look good.

Lets see if you like the next pictures too

70. Oosterwei is a neighbourhood in the east of Gouda, the Netherlands. It became infamous after a bus driver was robbed by an inhabitant of this neighbourhood. Following this incident, the bus company refused to drive through this neighbourhood any longer resulting in huge media attention. A couple of days later, bus service was resumed without problems.

The incident has done a lot of harm to the reputation of the city of Gouda as a whole, which in my opinion is a beautiful city with a wonderful must-see city centre.

Oosterwei is a typical product of it's time (1960's-1970's), with modernist low rise apartment blocks. Over the next 10 years, the municipality and housing associations in the area will invest heavily in the neighbourhood (I believe 400 million euros) to combat its bad reputation.

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The weather is getting worse. We've had an extremely harsh winter, a nice short-lived spring, rain during the whole summer and now the days are getting shorter again. 2010 was a lost year in terms of good weather.

75. When I was waiting on the bus, I discovered this message. It reads:
Kut [****]
Sex is gezond [Sex is healthy]
Hoe weet je dat? -x- [How do you know? -kisses-]
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September is here again, so the skies are grey, tourists are gone, leaves are falling, etc

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Lovely city. Like the way you introduce it
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