Saturday, October 30, 2004

In the Zone

Goran Ivanišević (Goran Ivanisevic), legendary tennis player and arguably the best known Croatian alive - at least until Severina Vučković (Severina Vuckovic) took that tile away – received sharp criticism from Slobodna Dalmacija. The reason is his decision to sell his luxurious home in Meje, elite part of Split. Not so long ago that house was reason for Split authorities to re-zone that part of town and thus allow Ivanišević to build the house in a way he wanted.

But now Ivanišević is selling the house and Split authorities are finding themselves in an embarrassing situation. They re-zoned Meje in order to express their gratitude and admiration to a living legend. But instead of the legend, the fruits of this noble gesture are going to be enjoyed by an ordinary mortal.

Of course, Split authorities could have saved themselves from this fiasco by taking a simple, albeit not very popular way, that every citizen should be treated equally.


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