Government Declares “Historical Center” of Tirana, While Shamelessly Violating Its Own Rules

Government Declares “Historical Center” of Tirana, While Shamelessly Violating Its Own Rules

On April 12, 2017, the Council of Ministers passed decision (VKM) 325, in which they declared a significant part of central Tirana to be a legally protected “Historical Center.” Although in itself a laudable initiative, which updates a previous VKM from 2000, the government itself has violated the regulations it proposes already numerous times, to such extent […]

Another €2.4M into the Black Hole of Lungomare

Another €2.4M into the Black Hole of Lungomare

Last week, the Council of Ministers approved an “additional budget” of 318,550,000 lekë (~€2.4 million) for the co-financing of the Lungomare beach side project in Vlora. The project, supported by the European Union, has been dragging on for years, even after Prime Minister Edi Rama promised that it would be finished before the 2015 municipal […]

Another Tirana Park Falls Prey to Concrete

Another Tirana Park Falls Prey to Concrete

In a Facebook post, activist group “Citizens for the Park” have denounced yet another construction project in Tirana. According to the activists, the Municipality of Tirana is planning a construction project of 100,000 sq.m. in the public park near the police office in an area know is the “Bus Station” along Rruga e Kavajës. According […]

How the Two Main Squares in Durrës Will Change

How the Two Main Squares in Durrës Will Change

The Municipality of Durrës is expected to begin its works in one of the main squares of the city, the one of Martyrs’ Cemetery. The project for the revitalization of this square foresees that on both sides of the Martyr’s Cemetery two important buildings for the city will be built, the Palace of Justice and the Prosecutor’s Office. […]

KKT Approves New Skyscraper in Central Tirana

KKT Approves New Skyscraper in Central Tirana

As Exit already announced in August 2016, Prime Minister Edi Rama has decided to construct a new skyscraper behind the Tirana International Hotel. Yesterday, the National Territorial Council (KKT), which is chaired by Prime Minister Rama, approved the construction of 111-meter tower in the center of Tirana. According to documents secured by Gazeta Shqiptare, the […]

Pazar i Ri, Government Claims AADF Project as Its Own

Pazar i Ri, Government Claims AADF Project as Its Own

On March 14, during the inauguration of the Pazar i Ri (New Bazaar) in Tirana, Prime Minister Edi Rama “forgot” to mention that the initiator and main investor of the urban regeneration project was not the government, but the Albanian–American Development Foundation (AADF). Prime Minister Rama, who turned the opening into a premature election rally, only […]

The Sail That Buries Its Heritage

The Sail That Buries Its Heritage

Hospitality and enthusiasm in the peaceful shores When the Prussian Cavalry officer Wilhelm von Wied and his convoy entered the bay of Durrës, traveling in a yacht offered by the Austrian Admiralty, at midday of March 7, they were amazed by what they saw: in front of them on the mainland, underneath the hill, small houses with […]