Ships used to dock in this area for almost a hundred years. Now the port has moved towards the Northsea and the abandoned space has been 'redeveloped'. Riek Bakker the chief urban planner of the 1980s envisioned a new modern urban area that would foster the unity of the North and South part of Rotterdam.
However, most people living on the South bank of the river (including me) regard it as an extension of the city centre. Skyscrapers with offices and upmarket apartments, a theatre (Luxor), courtbuilding, the buildings of the Port and Tax Authorities and Ernst&Young occupying the Maastower represent the rulers of a new world dominated by bankers and lawyers.
Still for the average citizen there is plenty of interest: the former Holland America Line building now hotel New York with a good view over the river and Erasmusbridge, youngsters who 'redeveloped' some of the old port buildings (e.g. the food factory), the photo museum, to name just a few. Follow the river bank for a walk to Katendrecht or cycle along the North side of Wilhelminapier to Noordereiland.
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