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The city of Amsterdam is broadly considered to be of great cultural and historic value. For centuries, it has played a vital role in the development of The Netherlands and Western Europe as the centre of the Modern World. Traditionally, the balance between government, freedom and trade is considered to be of paramount importance for the prosperity of this open society. The fact that the historic structure has escaped many potentially negative consequences of the city’s transition into a poly-centric regional metropolis is a testament to the cultural awareness of its citizens. However, for all the transformations the city has seen throughout the years, the city centre has not remained entirely unaffected, bringing about a process of urban regeneration in which cultural and social interests are often outweighed by economic interests.