The municipality of Tirana has continued with investments in the creation of public spaces.
Mayor of Tirana Erion Veliaj and Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu inspected the closure of works in the Don Bosko area while praising the transformation that this residential area has undergone, including the whole neighborhood of "Don Bosko".
"It's important to remember how this space was, to understand how much we need to make the city more livable for our citizens, especially for the children.
"I remember when we came here in the beginning, people told us: "Do not remove our cars!". Why? Is this the city of our dreams? No, the city of our dreams is this new community, this transformation," said Erion Veliaj.
According to the mayor, children are the most important citizens of the city.
"Did we not learn something from the children through the project of planting trees? Thanks to them we planted 122 thousand trees, because each of them said 'I want to plant a tree for my birthday'.
"Children are teaching us things that we adults have forgotten, even for how we use public spaces.
"Today, in a city of 1 million people, 300 thousand are children. Do not they deserve 1/3 of the city's space? This is why we are building playgrounds in every neighborhood," said Erion Veliaj.
According the Mayor, the investments that have been made and also the attention of the Municipality of Tirana to intervene where there are problems, has enabled "Don Bosko" to avoid being flooded for the past three years.
"I remember when we came here in 2015. The biggest drama was not this minor intervention at the end point of the neighborhood, but the major arterial of "Don Bosko" Road, which suffered from floods every year.
"This is the third year that "Don Bosko" has not flooded, so the change is as obvious as the difference between day and night!" said Erion Veliaj.
The Mayor of Tirana stressed that the benefits for residents also includes adding value to their properties. Veliaj also took the opportunity to highlight his support for the Municipality's decision to ban the use of plastic bags.