The prices of apartments in Prague have skyrocketed in recent years, making it almost impossible for many people to find affordable housing in the capital. A group of people united in a project called Sdílené domy or Shared Houses decided to buy a house in Prague, and administer it themselves: not as a traditional tenants’ association, but as a community. In the future, they would also like to create a co-housing network across the country.
An exhibition mapping the history of six panelak housing estates in Prague got underway on Thursday at the city’s Dejvice district. It is the last in a series of fourteen exhibitions dedicated to the communist-era prefabricated apartment blocks around the Czech Republic, prepared by the Museum of Creative Arts.
Recently, concrete barriers were added around parts of the Old Town Square to prevent or block vehicles which could be used in a terrorist attack. There is no question about the prudence of the move but few would call the barriers “attractive”. The Prague Institute of Planning and Development is one of the bureaux looking for a better long-term solution.
This Thursday marks the start of the four-day 2017 Signal Festival, an annual light show in Prague, billed as the biggest cultural event in the Czech Republic. The festival, which began in 2013, celebrates light art, with various dazzling installations from a variety of global artists wowing visitors around the capital. I spoke with festival organizer Martin Pošta and began by asking him to describe what is in store for this year:
A top level meeting has been convened by the Czech government to try and calm an explosive situation between Prague’s licenced tax drivers and self employed drivers using the Uber application. The hastily convened meeting follows a go slow protest in the capital at the start of the week which snarled up traffic in the centre and to the international airport.
Prague has been placed as the sixth most attractive city in the world for
tourists on their own by the news server Business Insider.
It created a ranking of the 50 best locations based on evaluations from users of the biggest credit card companies, personal security, and cost of living. The first placed location was Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Plans to revamp Prague’s Wenceslas Square have been given final approval
after 12 long years of debate, the news site idnes reported on Monday.
The project, by award winning Prague architect Jakub Cigler, envisages a traffic-free zone with more greenery, more space for pedestrians, a wider promenade and more outdoor seating arrangements.
The trams currently cutting through the square will be rerouted and car traffic will be severely restricted.
Work on the square is expected to start next year.
The authorities in Prague are set to make alterations to the major
multi-lane road that cuts through the centre of the city. New crossings are
to be built on the road, known as the magistrále (mainline), while
adjacent parks and streets are to be cleaned up under a plan approved by
councillors on Tuesday.
Deputy mayor Petra Kolínská said the road was more than anything a barrier that divided different parts of the city from one another and was avoided by pedestrians. At present it has very few crossings while its underpasses are often in a poor state.