Recently the book “Four centuries of Rotterdam Water City” was published. This sketches the history of one of Rotterdam's oldest city centers. Thanks to a flourishing trade in herring and wine, the area around Haringvliet, Leuvehaven, Wijnhaven and Boompjes developed into a lively merchant town. With the arrival of ever larger steamships at the quays and the gaudy air track, Waterstad, the former name of the Maritime District, gradually lost its appeal to residents. On the basis of the quiet plain left by the bombardment of 1940, Waterstad once again developed into an impressive city center and popular residential area. The book is richly illustrated with historical and contemporary images and is available at the better bookstores and via Bol.com.