Spuistraat is in the very centre of Amsterdam and gets a lot of use.
It features a mix of historic buildings, modern buildings, homes, businesses, hotels, smartshops, eating places,
a policestation, University campus and lots of tourists!
Some residents have tried to smarten up and green the street.
Some such efforts have stood firm.
others have been vandalized by passers by.
The tree pits have very limited space for planting, they need to be reinforced due to the amount of foot traffic …
and so on.
It has no underground garbage disposal at present, so domestic and business garbage is dumped into the reinforced tree pits and driveways such as this, throughout the week.
There seem to be many obstacles stacked against Spuistraat becoming part of the River of Herbs and yet many reasons to try to make it happen. I think that a coordinated effort is the only way to give plants in this street a chance to make a positive impact. Without it, the garbage, bikes, cars etc will remain on the treepits and the city workers who try hard to clean up the street, will not realise that we are trying to work with them by adding herbs.
I’m very interested to know your thoughts on how to improve this street with herbs. Perhaps you have heard of organisations who can help in such situations? Perhaps you know of businesses who want to spend some money on greening projects and may be worth contacting? If you have any thoughts or contacts, please let me know! I am sure that if we can help to herb-up this street, we can do it anywhere but I don’t want to make the volunteers involved downhearted by putting in effort only to see it demolished in no time at all.