Painting The Town Red

Painting The Town Red Mayor Edi Rama has transformed Albania's capital from a crumbling, Mafia dominated slum into a vibrant cosmopolitan city. His ideas are shaping Albanian society today.
With a bit of careful planning and lots of colourful paint, mayor Edi Rama is revitalising national pride. Gone are Tirana's decrepit grey buildings - replaced with bright, multicoloured walls and open spaces. "There was a big discussion in the country about the colours", he explains. Tirana has become an architects' Mecca. But questions are being asked about the source of so much new construction money. As Kreshnik Spahiu from the corruption watchdog fears: "Some companies are laundering money through construction."

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