Prof. PhD, Scientific Researcher I, “C.S. Nicolăescu-Plopşor” Institute for Research in Social Studies and Humanities of the Romanian Academy, Craiova;
An important episode in the history of urban activity of the Craiova Town Hall is draining the swamps. In the context of the economic development of Craiova at the end of XIXth century, the ponds that surrounded the city on three sides affected seriously the public hygiene and the health of the population. The situation was aggravated by the lack of pavements, of the sewage system, of the sources of drinking water, by the development of unwholesome industry, by the growth of population which had the effect of increasing the amount of garbage and polluting waste. The author describes mainly the work of the liberal mayor Nicolae P. Romanescu, who played a major role in solving the city problems, but also of other mayors from the period analyzed, a special emphasis being put on the creation of Romanescu Park.
muddy pool, channel, Town Hall, mayor, park.