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Amsterdam Starts to Clean Up its Act

Saturday, the city of Amsterdam unveiled plans to close brothels, sex shops and marijuana cafes in its ancient city center as part of a major effort to drive organized crime out of the area. The city wants to drive out the businesses that draw criminality towards it.

According to the New York Times article, the city has singled out are peep shows, massage parlors and souvenir shops that are used by drug dealers for money-laundering, gambling parlors, and the so-called coffee shops where marijuana can be bought openly. The article then went on to say that the measures announced Saturday would affect about 36 coffee shops in the center itself — a little less than 20 percent of the city total.

According to the Observer article, a representative of the city said that by reduction and zoning of these kinds of functions, they will be able to manage and tackle the criminal infrastructure better.

Both articles are solid ones. They both go into good background detail on the matter. They both gave a brief history of how this would be such an epic change for the city. They were also successful in finding good sources from the city and others to represent how the city and the people who live in it feel about this massive change.