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The Netherlands is well known for its excellent cycling infrastructure. How did the Dutch get this network of bicycle paths? Read more: http://bicycledutch.w...
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This video depicts the way that the Dutch got there cycling in the early years and it also shows the maufacturing process in which goes into making a bike. In this video it goes flashbacks of how the bike has evolved throughtout generations and time.
The artistic collection entitled 'Landscapes' compiled "the bizarre instances of cartographic dissonance inflicted by the Dutch government over their virtual lands. As Henner notes, the number of censored sites within the small country of the Netherlands is surprising, as is the technique used by officials to disguise them. Tracts of land deemed vulnerable to attack or misappropriation are transformed into large tapestries of multi-colored polygons, archipelagos of abstraction floating in swaths of open fields, dense forests, and clusters of urban development." For additional context, see the original gallery.
In the Netherlands, Santa doesn't have little elves; he has a helper (slave?) named Zwarte Piet, literally Black Pete. He delights kids with cookies and a goofy persona. Foreign visitors are startled by his resemblance to Little Black Sambo.
Is this a harmless cultural tradition or is it racist? Why might some Dutch not see this as offensive? Why might someone not from there react so strongly to this caricature? What do you think? (Note: a Dutch friend of mine was quick respond: "Sinterklaas' helpers are black because of the ashes in the chimney." I'm curious to know whether that was always the case or if it's a way to 'whitewash' an old tradition from a bygone era. And yes, this is an annual controversy).
"What's the difference between Holland and the Netherlands?"
This video is produced by the same gentleman that made the video that explains the difference between the terms Great Britain, England and the UK and another one that details why London is not the City of London. His style is to bombard you with facts which tell a rich story about the intricacies of place, power and culture.
Tags: Netherlands, political, toponyms, historical.
What The Netherlands can teach us about child safety and mass protests as effective policy-benders.
Urban planning in the United States often focuses so much the automobile as the primary, essential mode of transportation, that we take it as a given that our cities must be built around current automobile usage patterns. Are there other ways to design cities? The Netherlands provide an informative counter-example to American "automotive-driven" urbanism. Follow the links for the 6 minute video.