|Goedmorgen in de Spaarndammerbuurt|
|The "purple unit," off Spaarndammerplantsoen|
|Stern of Het Schip|
|Old public bath house on Zaanstraat, now a hammam for women|
For the conclusion of the Spaarndammer part of the tour I returned to the railroad tunnel whose entrance, my guidebook pointed out, was flanked by four "pompous" sculptures of working-class heroes, such as dock workers and miners, dating form 1924. The interesting feature is that they're trampling some snakes, which are supposed to represent capital, or maybe capitalists. With the great population influx of the early 20th century, Amsterdam had become a socialist haven. As the city continues to swell a century later, the atmosphere is quite distinct: a global, well-heeled set crowds the center and former working-class neighborhoods like the Jordaan, while indigent Islamic types dwell in the drab surroundings.
|Domela Nieuwenhuis, fiery orator|