Thursday, October 4, 2007

De Otter

Whilst cycling through Amsterdam on a stormy and blustery day, we paused for a minute in front of a little piece of Netherlands history. The De Otter mill stands proudly as the oldest wood-sawing mill in Amsterdam. The mill was constructed in 1623, and is still in production. De Otter is unfortunately being threatened by developers who plan on knocking down the mill in order to build new apartments for the ongoing problem of housing in the city. Already De Otter is having problems with assembly as all of the high rises around the mill block the winds necessary for production. The owner is fighting to keep the mill but the future looks bleak for this slice of history.

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