John F. Kennedy extension project to demolish houses in Topaana to access US embassy

John F. Kennedy Street in Cair will be connected to Plasticarska. The plan is to go to the US Embassy in Calais. The City of Skopje has started a procedure for preparation of a project for a new street that will pass through the Roma neighborhood - Topaana.

The project envisages the street to have 4 lanes, two in each direction. For the realization the city authorities need to demolish and expropriate several houses.

The Roma from Topaana react and oppose this plan, noting that this neighborhood is the oldest Roma neighborhood in Europe.

"Topaana has existed for a long time, we are old Skopje citizens, we will not allow that to happen. We will start with a strike. "Nobody sees this part, nobody cares about Topaana," the residents react.

The project envisages work to begin at the intersection of John F. Kennedy and Macedonian-Kosovo Brigade streets to Nikola Karev Boulevard. Residents were little informed about this project which is expected to start next year.

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