PROJECT 1012. Named after the postal code covering Amsterdam's city centre (including the Red Light District), Project 1012 is an effort to tidy up the downtown area. The strategy will drastically reduce the number of red lighted windows and coffeeshops in the heart of the city.
As part of the project, the owners of 26 coffeeshops have already heard in 2009 that they will have to close their businesses no later than June, 2015. Some of the coffeeshops have already closed down or transformed into lunchrooms, restaurants and cafes (read in our section closed coffee shops).