Ironic thing is Amsterdam is actually probably more of an escape from big city living for most people, but indeed our old city traits are what chase the faint of heart away.
How we reconcile this may hold the key- in other words, we invite folks to follow the trends toward a more authentic city lifestyle, and we pledge to adress our troublesome, outmoded, ‘Kramden Apartment’ shortcomings:
Authenticity matters a lot to products and it matters a lot to our city. I think a lot of time and effort goes into making our city into something inauthentic: a retail shopping destination like Crossages; a commercial mecca like Wolf Road; a manufacturing center like the Carolinas; and so on.
Why not just admit it’s a small city and make it a livable city, nothing more. That would be authentic versus synthetic. And likely a more successful strategy in the long run.