This is probably not the sort of master-planned community you’re used to…

Holland’s capital city of Amsterdam is planning to create “scum villages” where “nuisance neighbours” will be exiled from the city and made to live in converted shipping containers with “minimal services” under 24-hour supervision from social workers and police.

According to an article in The Guardian, Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan says the controversial program – which will cost £810,000 or $1,303,533 US – is intended to tackle antisocial behaviour and protect victims of abuse and homophobia from harassment.

Bartho Boer, a spokesman for the mayor, told The Guardian: “We want everyone to be who he and she is – whether they are gay and lesbian or stand up to violence and are then victims of harassment. We as a society want to defend them.”

Boer says the scum villages are not for “the regular nuisance between two neighbours where one has the stereo too loud on Saturday night” but “people who are extremely violent and intimidating and in a clear situation where a victim is being repeatedly harassed”.

Tenants will stay in the houses for up to six months and then will be found permanent homes. According to The Guardian, Amsterdam’s municipal government anticipates moving around 10 families a year into this program, which will start in January 2013.

There are already similar small-scale trial projects in the Netherlands, including in Amsterdam, where 10 shipping container homes have been set aside for repeat offenders, living under constant surveillance.

For more, read The Guardian article in its entirety here.

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