Blasting Sofia Municipality for Incompetence

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Kukush Street in Sofia, Bulgaria, is a lake, more than anything.
Kukush Street in Sofia, Bulgaria, is a lake, more than anything.

The Bulgarian NGO Spasi Sofia (“Save Sofia”) has harshly criticized Sofia Municipality once again, for failing to have repair works done at a proper pace, and in a proper way. The organization also blasted those responsible for commissioning construction companies for renovations in the city. To Spasi Sofia’s opinion, they are neglecting the security aspect for pedestrians.

Spasi Sofia puts Sofia municipality under pressure on a regular basis. They also played a role in accelerating the decision to add a third Metro line to the decaying and insufficient public transport system in the Bulgarian capital.

In recent days, the NGO released the following pictures of tram stops, curbs and streets in Sofia. To inhabitants, they do not even look shocking, since they are used to infrastructure in that kind of state. But, Spasi Sofia claims this was not just about aesthetics, but also about security. Having 33 streets repaired per year, as announced by the municipality, was far from satisfactory, the organization says.

A month ago, the NGO shot a series of photos in Sofia’s Mladost quarter, where former green zones are being abused as parking lots, which turn into lakes during rain fall, resembling Third World cities, rather than a European capital. Pedestrians, including parents with strollers, are forced to leave sidewalks filled by parked cars, and to walk on the street, putting their lives in danger, and those of their children.

These are the latest Sofia photos they posted on their social media pages.

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Hristo Iliev was born in Sofia and graduated European Studies in the University of Sofia with 3 spoken languages - English, French and Spanish and has a masters degree in Territorial Development from Madrid. Despite his initial idea to settle in Spain permanently, Hristo decides to come back to Bulgaria, charged with the enthusiasm to change the country so that it can be a better place to live in. For a start he decides to begin with Sofia. He is hooked on infrastructure and transportation since young, but only in the last few years he started dealing more actively with this problematic for Sofia area. Main goal - turn Sofia into a well-arranged and liveable city.