About the most dangerous street in the city if Het Parool newspaper is to be believed. The presence of the Amsterdam Food Center (sic), where the region's caterers and grocers come to buy their products at the crack of dawn, is probably the main reason. All those lorries laden with tomatoes whizzing in and out.

The council has been trying to have the Food Center closed for years. But 70 years of history and 120 companies makes a heavy counterweight. According to the statistics, the Jan van Galenstraat is number one on the list of most dangerous streets in Amsterdam, meaning at least 10 people are killed or seriously injured on it every year. It is also number three on the pollution index.