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To: binnenstad@woningbedrijf-amsterdam.nl
Het Fort van Sjakoo - greed will kill bookshop
Date sent: Sun, 14 Apr 2002

Dear Sir/Madame,

I am very disappointed to learn that Het Fort van Sjakoo at Jodenbreestraat 24 is be served with a 900% rent increase.

I understand that the Housing Corporation Amsterdam obtained the building at a very low cost, after het Fort van Sjakoo had already been on the property for more than a decade. The bookshop's longtime residence at this property should bestow on it much more consideration than this.

It is disturbing that your Corporation's profit motive has become so great, that an important alternative commercial ventures such as Het Fort van Sjakoo is destroyed in the name of greed.

I urge you to recognize that het Fort van Sjakoo performs a unique function in Amsterdam, a function that is more important than your Corporation's profits in this case. It would be a great shame to see this bookshop eliminated.

I hope that you will continue to give the bookshop a rental price in line with what it can afford, and reflective of its longtime residence in the neighbourhood - a residence much longer that the ownership of your corporation.

Sincerely,
Janice Wormworth, B.Sc., M.A.
Amsterdam