Indische Buurt

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Indische Buurt
Location of Indische Buurt
Coordinates (Javaplein): 52°21.830′N 4°56.373′E / 52.363833°N 4.939550°E / 52.363833; 4.939550Coordinates: 52°21.830′N 4°56.373′E / 52.363833°N 4.939550°E / 52.363833; 4.939550
Population 23,357

Indische Buurt ("Indies Neighborhood") is a neighborhood in the eastern portion of the city of Amsterdam, in the Dutch province of Noord-Holland. The name dates from the early 20th century, and is derived from the fact that the neighborhood's streets are named after islands and other geographical concepts in the former Dutch colony of the Dutch East Indies. The first street was named in 1902.

In 2003, there were around 23,357 inhabitants. The neighborhood is bounded on the west by the railroad Amsterdam - Hilversum (with the Muiderpoort Station), on the east side by Flevopark, on the north side by Zeeburgerdijk and on the south side by the Ringvaart Watergraafsmeer.

Indische Buurt is the oldest part of the former Zeeburg district and is very ethnically diverse, and a high percentage of the population is of immigrant origin (for Zeeburg this is already high at 55%, but higher in the Indische Buurt) and there are an estimated 100 languages spoken.[1]

History[edit]

The impetus was given to create a new district in the early 20th century, as Amsterdam had previously experienced large population growth. The construction of the district was well under way on the wave of economic growth that followed the completion of the North Sea Canal in 1876 and the commissioning of the Merwedekanaal in 1892.

In May 1915, the Tram Line 14 was extended into Indische Buurt[2]

The growth continued for some time, with an interruption in the 1930s as a result of the Great Depression. Indische Buurt was relatively isolated from the rest of the city by its position behind the railway line that runs through the area, and connects Amsterdam Centraal with Utrecht, until 1939 when Muiderpoort Station was built.

One of the last bath houses in Amsterdam was built on Javaplein in 1942, and functioned until 1982.[3]

From the 1960s the Amsterdam port to the west was moved and the district became a pure residential area.

Redevelopment[edit]

The Javastraat in the Indische Buurt

Since the mid-1990s the area is undergoing rapid gentrification as formerly squatted buildings, as well as former student housing, are being renewed and sold. Timorplein is a particular area of focus for the area's urban gentrification, and the square's renewal was completed in 2010 with the opening of a new cultural institution which includes Studio K, a theater/gallery/cafe/restaurant,[4] a new 'Stayokay' hostel, and the IIRE, which includes meeting and conference rooms. Also, nearby the Zeeburgerdijk tram stop is 'Pompstation', a restaurant and cafe located in a former industrial building.[5] In addition, one of the district's major roads, the Javastraat, has been transformed into a new Mediterranean-style shopping boulevard, which included the repaving of streets and improved bicycle parking. In 2010 on the Javaplein, (building Borneohof) a large library, restaurant / terrace promenade were constructed.

Public transport[edit]

Amsterdam Muiderpoort railway station lies on the west side of Indische Buurt, on the border with Watergraafsmeer. Trains to Amsterdam, Schiphol, Rotterdam, Utrecht / Rhenen and Amersfoort stop at Muiderpoort Station.

GVB tram lines 3, 7 and 14 have their terminus in Indische Buurt. Line 3 has its terminus at the Muiderpoort Station, and lines 7 and 14 at Flevopark.

Bus lines 22, 40, 41 all have a terminal at Muiderpoort Station. In addition, bus lines 37,and 65 run through Indische Buurt.

Areas[edit]

Indische Buurt is divided into smaller areas: Ambonbuurt, Makassarbuurt, Sumatrabuurt and Timorbuurt

Ambonbuurt[edit]

Ambonbuurt (The Ambon district) is a densely populated residential area bounded by the Insulindeweg, Molukkenstraat, Valentijnkade and the railway line. The neighborhood has the second highest population density of the district after the neighboring Sumatrabuurt.The population in 2010 was approximately 4,000 people in an area of 16 hectares.

Makassarbuurt[edit]

Makassarbuurt (The Makassar Area) is primarily a residential neighborhood which lies in between Zeeburgerdijk, Molukkenstraat, Insulindeweg and Flevopark. The area covers 115 hectares, of which more than half is park and water. The area is densely populated and has 6,618 residents as at early 2010. On the edge of the neighborhood there are shops to be found along Molukkenstraat and a commercial zone around Zeeburgerdijk.

Flevopark[edit]

Entrance to Flevopark
Main article: Flevopark

On the east side of Indische Buurt is Flevopark, which includes the outdoor Flevopark swimming pools. This park was given concrete form in 1908. The naturalist Jac. P. Thijsse envisioned a park between the Jewish Cemetery and the Nieuwe Diep.

The expropriation procedure began in 1914, and from 1921 there was money available to obtain the land suitable for building the park. In 1928, the construction of the park began.

Flevopark includes the site of a Jewish cemetery. It was in use since 1714 by the Jewish Community, and there are an estimated 200,000 people buried there.[6] It has not been in active use since 1942.[7]

Sumatrabuurt[edit]

Sumatrabuurt (The Sumatra Area) lies between Insulindeweg, Molukkenstraat and Valentijnkade. It is the most densely populated of all neighborhoods in Amsterdam East. In 2010, about 3,000 people live on an area of 14 hectares. A commercial area lies on the west side along Molukkenstraat.

Timorbuurt[edit]

Timorbuurt lies between Zeeburgerdijk, Molukkenstraat, Insulindeweg and Celebesstraat. It is densely populated: the population in 2010 was approximately 8,000, giving a population density of 14,837 per km². There are no parks in the area. The area contains the Timorplein, a cultural spot. Mostly a residential neighborhood, it contains the Javastraat, the Indische Buurt's most important shopping street.

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