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Guided tours offered along sagging homes near construction project

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AMSTERDAM - Public works contractors who take on projects involving excavation and tunneling in the soggy Dutch soil, know they must reinforce such sites to keep them and the surrounding areas from sagging or even collapsing. An excavation site of the North/South metro line recently caused everyone involved monumental problems when the so-called weavers' homes along the Vijzelstraat started to sag. Entrepreneurs in the Dutch capital are now offering guided tours for tourists through the area to inspect the damage, including a look inside the centuries' old homes.