Bucharest general mayor Gabriela Firea on Wednesday announced that the famous Calea Victoriei/ Victory Avenue, the Capital’s landmark since early 20th century, will become promenade area during Easter holidays due in mid-April. Light garlands will be installed on the avenue, similar to those hung on Christmas, but with a special design to mark Easter.
“The Victory Avenue will become pedestrian zone on Easter from Friday to Sunday night so that the traffic should not be disrupted during the week. We plan the avenue to be a pattern of clean, civilization, all shop windows will have to be made up, adorned to look like the ones on pedestrian areas in Europe. Salesmen will open gardens, while stages will be fixed for shows,” Bucharest mayor said.
Yet, Firea warned over the empty, abandoned commercial premises on Victory Avenue, informing she would enforce a set of rules to compel the shop owners uptown to rent the premises or to fix the shopfronts.
Victory Avenue major avenue downtown Bucharest, leading from Splaiul Independenței (which runs parallel to the Dambovita River) to the north and then northwest up to Victory Square, where Kiseleff boulevard continues north. The avenue is nowadays studded with luxury fashion shops, art boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants, making it an upmarket shopping strip in the Romanian Capital.