The changing face of Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square -a place visited by millions of tourists every year - has been captured on thousands of postcards over the years, pictures which document its transformation. At the start of the twentieth century people could still ski down the square in winter. For the less athletic, there were horse drawn carriages and in the 50s you could hop on one of the open trams riding up and down the square so slowly it was possible to hang on to the bottom step and feel the wind in your face. It was the construction of the Prague metro in the late 70s which radically changed the face of Wenceslas Square. With underground transport there was no more need for trams and the last tram wove its way down the square in 1980.
The next two decades brought a concerted effort to turn the city centre into a pedestrian zone, as far as possible. Although cars can still drive up and down the square there is now much more room for greenery - there are newly planted trees, benches and flower beds and the freed up space in the centre has made room for a variety of modern sculptures. I may not necessarily like all the sculptures displayed, but I very much liked the trend. Therefore, I was horrified to hear that that may be about to change.
All arguments that make sense, and I've already heard several locals say : what a good idea. However I'm hoping it will never come to fruition. The way I see it the Prague city centre has been changing for the better and bringing in more traffic just seems like a step backwards.