The Council is cleaning up the Great White Elephant, otherwise known as Plaza España, removing the graffiti on walls and seating as well as tending to the flower boxes. Wonder how long that will last? A previous announcement about removing the graffiti from the (school) wall along the ro Chillar riverbed seems to have resulted in a proliferation of scribbling and it is now worse than it ever was.
One of the problems with the so-called ‘campaigns’ against graffiti, dog poo in the streets, illegal street vendors etc is that such crackdowns only occur once in a blue moon, usually just prior to the tourist season, and only last for a day or two. The matter is then forgotten about until the next blue moon.
In the case of the street sellers, they tend to go to ground during the couple of days of any ‘campaign’ and then reappear, seemingly in greater numbers, once it is over and it is ‘business as usual’. The odd seller might be temporarily detained during such campaigns, one suspects mainly for publicity and back-patting purposes, but that seems to be about it.
The only consolation, particularly in the summer, is that the sellers are not aggressive in their efforts to persuade you to buy their cheap knock-offs and generally wander away as soon as you tell them ‘no’. However, one can see why so many people complain about these vendors on various travel forums as there are just so many of them. My own personal record is having TWELVE of them visit my table during an evening meal on the terrace of a restaurant, and this was not even in the centre of town!