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România Liberâ - Romania | Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Bucharest is running out of green spaces

In Bucharest, around a million trees have been chopped down to make way for building sites since the fall of communism. Now, for the first time, the plans of an entrepreneur to build a skyscraper in a public park have triggered a wave of opposition. Nicolae Prelipceanu comments. "Do you remember the song that goes: 'In the garden of Ion all the birds are sleeping...'? And the way the people made a parody of the song during the hard times of communism? 'Over the garden of Ion the Party is pouring cement'? Now it's not just one party, but many that are vying with each other to cover everything up with cement. They chop down trees, and green spaces are disappearing so quickly that one day we won't even know what a field for our cows looked like any more - all because nothing counts except money. This explains both the Communist Party's former passion for cement, and the dealings of the current parties. Behind each blade of grass, each tree and each flower they scent a bundle of money."

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