Andrew Bolt’s favorite city where he most feels at home ( ODT)
Thanks to cheap flights, the number of visitors in recent years has skyrocketed, and the streets are now permanently thronged with tourists, even in the low season. The area’s popularity with groups of young men has brought with it a raft of headaches for residents: public drunkenness, drug dealing, noise pollution, and businesses catering to tourists, not locals.
On Tuesday, the city’s new mayor Femke Halsema announced that the council would introduce temporary street closures on busy nights, so cleaners can get in and mop up vomit and human waste. Officials will also be roaming the streets, handing out on-the-spot fines for offenses like littering and public urination. In addition, council ‘hosts’ will be deployed to direct crowds to quieter streets.