Bucharest city center. Can we replicate this in America?

Charming Historic Cities

In October of this year, Marilynn and I visited several eastern Europe cities via a riverboat down the Danube. Beginning in Vienna, the historic capital of the Hapsburg dynasty, we toured Budapest, Bratislava, Pecs, Novi Sad, Belgrade, and Bucharest, as well as some smaller river ports (seven countries overall). Although poverty is still evident, especially in Romania and Bulgaria, the shadow of communism has clearly given way to capitalism within various forms of democratic governments. Every capital city contained a thriving center filled with high-end retailers and restaurants fronting on pedestrian-only streets and squares. Smaller cities also contained pedestrian centers, but with lower-scale shops consistent with the smaller population and […]

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