Last week The Guardian published the article Build it and they will come’: Tirana’s plan for a ‘kaleidoscope metropolis’, about current urban development in Tirana, the capital of Albania. The vision of a ‘kaleidoscope metropolis’ may sound vague at first, but current mayor, Erion Veliaj, and Joni Baboci, the city’s head of planning and urban development, explain that their vision is to create a mixed-use density area that gives people opportunities to participate in society. Along with conservation of green space, creating attractive open public spaces and encouraging people to travel on bike and foot, referring to the remains of the cycling culture from the communist era. The vision is a response to the unstructured development of Tirana after the fall of the repressive Hoxha government (from the end of WWII to 1990). It is hard to imagine that in 1990 there were only 200 cars in Tirana, a city of about 300,000 inhabitants at the time. Now there are 200,000 cars and over 800,000 inhabitants. That’s more than two times as many inhabitants, and from one car per 1,500 inhabitants to one car per four inhabitants in less than 30 years!