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Piano relieved monti won't clutter parliamentary area

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World renowned architect Renzo Piano is relieved that the monti stalls will not be cluttering the “subtly-designed” area next to Valletta’s new Parliament building.

However, he is not against having the hawkers selling their wares across the road from Parliament, along Ordnance Street.

“The market is quite interesting; it’s about contemporary life. I’m not against it,” Mr Piano told The Sunday Times of Malta. “Moving the market on the other side of Republic Street is a good move. Finally, I don’t think it will disturb the area; the way it’s located now is fine,” he said.

The initial decision to relocate the Valletta open market to Ordnance Street, including the area between the new Parliament and the Royal Opera House ruins, sparked a public outcry and concern it would ruin the capital’s iconic entrance.

Read more in The Sunday Times of Malta.

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