This is the main street of the Albanian capital, Tirana, in the 1970s,
during the communist period and the rule of dictator Enver Hoxha.
High-rise housing projects typical of communist countries line both sides
of the street. The city's main central square is in the lower part
of the picture, and the Albanian legislature is on the left just up from
there. This is generally acknowledged as the city's main thoroughfare
and busiest street. Note, however, that there are very, very few
cars, and that a number of people are actually walking in the middle of
the street. This is because private ownership of cars was not allowed
in Albania during communist rule, 1944-1991. Only state-owned cars
occasionally dotted the streets of Tirana. While inconvenient for
those without access to cars, there is always a trade off, and Tirana no
doubt had the cleanest air quality of any European city during this lengthy
period (and no traffic jams either)!