Our Dear Leader Robert Negoita – Mayor of the Peoples’ Republic of Bucharest Sector 3 – today invited fresh ridicule with the statement that Bucharest was ‘the greenest city in Europe.’ Negoita said that he had visited Vienna, Berlin, Rome and Paris and yet had never seen a city as green as the Romanian capital. ‘Our problem is that we don’t do the calculations properly,’ he said.
Now, while Bucharest does have some smashing parks and public gardens it could never, ever be said to be particularly green: one of the reasons the city is so impossibly hot in high summer is the lack of green space. And we should not forget that if the likes of Negoita had his way what little green space there is would be gone overnight and replaced with two and three bedroom luxury apartments or mayoral follies (as indeed it sometimes is).
Which brings us nicely on to some other Negoita news.
You will no doubt not be hugely surprised to discover that the Great Wall of Unirii, which appeared back in November remains as unfinished as ever, six months on. We took a photo of its progress this morning:
It has, however – and all credit to Ionita for this – been joined by an equally unfinished fountain/pond, which at least offers a little symmetry:
Green Bucharest: File under ‘tell a big enough lie and you will make people believe it.’