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Stadsdeel Westerpark (The Netherlands)
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland province
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image by Jarig Bakker, 22 Aug 2007
flag flying on the Stadsdeelwerf,
I just passed the "Stadsdeelwerf" (borough wharf), opposite the
van Hogendorphal, which has a flagpole with a cheerful waving flag of the
"Stadsdeel" (borough) of Westerpark: White field; at the hoist the
borough's logo (three red saltires placed vertically above two blue twisted
"c's"); top center "Gemeente Amsterdam", above slightly larger letters
"Stadsdeel Westerpark", all red. Nearly the whole fly is occupied by two
blue twisted "c's".
Westerpark is a western suburb of Amsterdam; in the 1970s dominated
by a powerful squatter movement ("krakers"), which prevented most
planned demolishment. Here were important gas- and waterworks, which were
no longer needed. After the most significant buildings had been demolished
someone got the bright idea that the old building might be useful again.
An idyllic borough hall was made out of one of it; some others are used
as music halls. The old watercontainer is made into a hightech TV studio.
In short: Westerpark has become the place to live for yuppies.
Vexillologically speaking it has had quite a few flags, all infected
by bad cases of logo-itis. The one presented here is deviating from the
"stijlweb" design in that the
twisted c's are blue on white instead of white on blue, as can be seen
Regarding the meaning of the twisted c's: to anyone it has a different
meaning (there is also a large beerhall, probably responsible for this
Jarig Bakker, 22 Aug 2007
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