The national library is not the only building on Letná opposed by Prague Mayor Pavel Bém and the majority of city representatives. Bém also doesn’t want a national football stadium there or a giant aquarium. “Letenská pláň will once again become a central city park, whose dominant feature is greenery,” Bém promised at a meeting of Prague councillors. But while Kaplický’s library had a big group of supporters, the football stadium and the aquarium never gained much public support. On the contrary. The civic group Zachraňme Letnou (Save Letná), backed by local Greens, has collected some 7,000 signatures from people opposed to both planned projects. Evan former president Václav Havel joined in. Upon receiving the list of signatures, Mayor PavelContinue Reading

City Hall is downsizing the planned D-metro line before the project even has chance to get off the ground, reports. According to the city’s new zoning plan, which is to come into effect in 2010, the D-line will not extend to Žižkov, Prague 3, and Libeň, Prague 12, as originally planned. The city sections are not too pleased with these changes. The D-line metro, which was originally supposed to pass through Hlavní nádraží, will lead from Pankrác, to Novodvorsko, to Modřany and Písnice. “In the case of Žižkov this is a serious problem because this is an interesting location with the Nákladové nádraží project. Its development will be tied to good transportation connections and the value of property pricesContinue Reading

One year ago he was considered a hero after he rescued a newborn from a bin at Prague’s Spořilov. The story of an unknown homeless man touched the public in the Christmas atmosphere. However, Miroslav Szamszelli, the rescuer of baby Vendelín Čtvrtek, was easily forgotten after a couple of months. And it has now been two months since he died in Bohnice mental hospital.Continue Reading