BELGRADE – Europe’s most recently bombed capital is getting out of the duck-and-cover business and turning its air-raid shelters into badly needed underground parking space, the Belgrade daily Danas said on Wednesday
The paper said an agreement between the city parking service and a bomb-shelter maintenance company would start off by converting a modest 21,500 square feet of space near a mall.
Belgrade still bears the scars of NATO’s precision bombing campaign in 1999 which took out a number of state buildings linked to the Kosovo conflict. The ruins are sprouting weeds while the city streets and sidewalks are choked by cars.
The parking deal stipulates that if the Yugoslav capital ever comes under air attack again, cars will have to go outside and take their chances. Unlike other European city dwellers, most Belgraders still know the way to their bomb shelters.