HET FORT VAN SJAKOO - INTERNATIONAL BOOKSHOP
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Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2001
From: hlucas@istar.ca
To: binnenstad@woningbedrijf-amsterdam.nl

To whom it may concern:

I am a tourist who was in Amsterdam in early June with my girlfriend. One of the highlights of our trip was stumbling upon the International Bookshop Het Fort van Sjakoo. We spent at least an hour in there and made several purchases of books and music that we had not seen elsewhere in Europe and North America.

I am very distressed to hear that the rent of this bookshop may be raised by 900%. It is a prohibitive increase for a non-profit facility.

The International Bookshop Het Fort van Sjakoo is a large part of a mosaic of attractions that bring me back to Amsterdam. The Red Light District holds no charms for me, but this bookstore, music store, public internet access facility does.

I implore you to reconsider the proposed rent increase.

Reg Harkema

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