Tirana Still Awaits A Facelift

The chaotic capital of Albania is like terminally ill patient on a respirator. It is desperately in need of urban reform and development that has been stymied as a result of a political stalemate between activist Mayor Edi Rama, also the country’s Socialist Party leader, and his leading opponent, Sali Berisha, Albania’s longtime prime minister. The loser in this ongoing battle of wills is Tirana, which a decade after 1990s upheaval is still mired in urban chaos.