In a previous article I told about panelaks, those concrete high-rises.
Well, here are some photos of them. First ones are from place
called Jizni Mesto and second from Hostivar. Both are in Prague
10 area, quite near to Kolej Hostivar. In fact Kolej Hostivars
buildings are design products of the same era, although they have
put some paint to cover biggest holes. Jizni Mesto is one of most
famous panelaks suburban. It’s a glory of communists. Into
these panelaks they tend to accommodate all foreign students.
I suppose it’s a Czech way to show the world what kind of
country they really are.
Words that describe panelaks: out of order, ugly, bad condition,
alcoholism, unemployment, paper walls, rent regulation, far a
The biggest problem that Czech is facing is duality
of the country – rich Prague and poor rest of the country.
In fact Prague’s living standards are one of highest in
Central Europe and that’s why city do not receive any more
money from EU. But that don’t matter since according to
locals city of Prague has become richer than the state. If someone
needs money, it’s better to ask it from the city. And its
no wonder since just last year 7 million tourists visited Czech
and most of them in Prague. Seven million is quite much compared
to population of Czech, which is 10 million. Some western parts
of country has also got a taste of money due to German but eastern
part are very poor. This is going to be a HUGE problem. Population
of Prague is going to increase and social problems are going to
gather to east. This is natural since Prague’s unemployment
rate is something like 2 per cent and in eastern parts it is 20
per cent. And who knows, they might even come to your home since
it’s time of free movement in Europe.
Our next house in Hostivar