Prague is no doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but how exactly will the city develop in the future? Should the new buildings respect the historical skyline? How many cars should be allowed to park in the city centre? And should Prague be allowed to sprawl outwards or make better use of the space in the centre? These are just some of the issues addressed by the new building regulations plan, which has recently became the subject of a political battle at Prague City Hall. In fact, the plan put together by a team of experts around former
Tourists in Prague in the summer generally aren’t afraid to splurge during their holiday but a study by Prague City Tourism suggests that visitors this summer were a little thriftier than the last winter season. Aside from transportation and accommodation, tourists spent the most at restaurants, but a touch less than in the past.
Prague taxi drivers have announced a planned blockade of streets in the city centre on Tuesday. The precise route of the protest has not been disclosed. They are protesting against Prague City Hall’s plans to tighten regulations governing the service in the wake of numerous complaints from the public and tourists. According to City Halls plans all taxi drivers in Prague should gradually undergo tough new street knowledge and language tests. Prague City Hall has announced that it will boost public transport on the day of the protest.
Former South African president Frederik de Klerk, co-founder of Doctors without Borders Bernard Kouchner, philosopher Roger Scruton and women’s rights activist Manal al-Sharif are due to attend this year’s Forum 2000 conference in Prague next month, organisers of the annual event announced on Wednesday. The theme of this year’s conference, the 19th, will be Democracy and Education. Forum 2000 was co-founded by the late president Václav Havel as a platform for debate on issues facing the world.
Around 3,500 academics have gathered in Prague for a conference of the European Sociological Association. Due to run until Friday, it is the biggest such conference ever held in Europe. The eminent Polish-born sociologist Zygmunt Bauman gave the opening address on Tuesday evening, while other speakers will include Christopher T. Whelan and Arlie R. Hochschild. The theme of the 12th ESA conference is Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination.
Adriana Krnáčová is to remain mayor of Prague after receiving support from her party ANO. Last week ANO’s councilors and Prague branch passed a vote of no confidence against her. However, after a meeting late on Tuesday night they said they had reproached Ms. Krnáčová for poor communication but continued to back her as mayor. Party chief Andrej Babiš said the main problem on Prague’s council was the presence of the Green Party’s Matěj Stropnický; the latter has been in conflict recently with Ms. Krnáčová after she overrode his preparations for new building regulations for the capital.
A group of architects are working on the transformation of Malostranské náměstí, or Lesser Town Square, just off the Vltava River. The plans involve a more unified structure, fewer parking spaces and a fountain and sculpture as a centerpiece, the ctk news agency reports citing Prague deputy mayor Matěj Stropnický. Prague City Hall called an open competition for the transformation of the square at the end of last year under pressure from the public. Over 5,000 people signed a petition calling for action and complaining that Malostranské náměstí was fast turning into a huge parking lot.
Prague's Letná Park this Sunday sees the return of the Letní Letná festival of contemporary circus - now in its 12th year. Over more than two weeks, visitors will be able to view some of the very best that New Circus has to offer - beginning with an acclaimed production, entitled Bianco, by the Cardiff-based company NoFit State Circus.
Forty-four new security cameras should be installed in the center of Prague before the end of the year, according to the ctk news agency. There are over 2,000 security cameras in the city with more than half of them monitoring traffic. In the city center they serve to prevent petty crime and according to the city hall they have proved very effective in this respect. Prague started installing security cameras in 1997. The city hall installed over 700, the rest were installed by the Prague Transport company and the road maintenance authorities.
If you’ve recently visited Prague’s Wenceslas Square you may have noticed that the dilapidated benches on the town’s main square have been undergoing a transformation. The driving force behind this change is an association whose goal it is to improve the appearance of the square and make it an oasis for pedestrians in the bustling city centre. I spoke to Jan Adámek, chairman of the Association for Wenceslas Square, about a project that has generated huge public support and in which firms and individuals have been invited to “adopt” a bench on the
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