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Talking to people in Zuidas about 2017, the general consensus seems to be that it was a fairly good year. The economy has rebounded, construction projects are proliferating in Zuidas and all over Amsterdam, and we have more to spend on the finer things in life, large and small. Even so, people clearly have not forgotten the crisis of 2008. Symptomatic of this is the emphasis the city an property developers lay on mixed-use buildings. Our cover features David van Traa. He has been the director of Zuidas for a year now, a role that puts him in charge of area development. He explains why mixed-use buildings are so important, and lays out his vision for the future of Zuidas.

I also had a fascinating conversation with Jan Hein Tiedema and Tom Redecker of OVG Real Estate. As many people in Zuidas will know, a truly world-class building is set to rise on Beethovenstraat, near the Amsterdam Football Club. The design of the Valley building, as it's called, is also multifunctional, and will include features similar to New York's High line, which is accessible to everyone. We also have detailed coverage of the EMA's upcoming relocation to Zuidas - a real coup for the district! - starting on page 12.

I'm looking forward to finding out what 2018 has in store for us, and wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year!

Happy reading!

Romy Lange
Editor-in-chief Hello Zuidas