The redevelopment of Amsterdam Noord reflects a trend in Europe and beyond where districts are turning old warehouses into housing and opening hipster attractions to tap into growing urbanization.
Following what happened in Berlin, Airbnb is going on an all-out charm offensive in an effort to woo more cities in Europe and elsewhere into forming tax collection agreements like the ones it has with cities such as Paris and Amsterdam.
CityHub is taking the best of capsule hotels and combining this with learnings that smart hostel companies like Generator have gleaned over the past two years.
The wildy inventive design at Arnhem Central helps position the city as more than just a mere transfer point for people enroute to Amsterdam.
Amsterdam has been a leader when it comes to working with disruptors such as Airbnb and Uber. But it also doesn't put up with the type of nonsense Uber specializes in when it's trying to bend the rules.
The new relationship shifts some of the responsibility of informing and educating hosts to Airbnb, which can use its platform to ensure they comply. This is a model that will likely be copied in other markets looking to legitimize the short-term rental economy.
Tourists are often an easy target for crime as they're unfamiliar with the customs and products of a destination. Amsterdam is doing the best it can to raise awareness of the problem.
Cities worldwide are getting smarter about public transportation and test pilots like these lead the way to systems that are easier to use and more energy efficient.
The Netherlands' challenge of getting tourists out of the capital and into the countryside is one that several European destinations can understand. Identifying different market's primary interests in the first step in wooing them away from the big city.
Although Amsterdam's new legislation will serve as a role model for other cities struggling to understand the new lodging model, every city is unique and will need to define the sharing economy on its own terms.