It’s Limos Versus Locals When the Elite Gather for Davos
Jammed-up traffic is residents’ top complaint to mayor
The droves of black limousines on the snow-covered streets of Davos during the World Economic Forum are frustrating the locals of the Swiss mountain town.
Automobiles sit at a standstill during the 2018 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
The frustration also highlights the culture clash between the inhabitants of the midmarket ski resort and the overseas business, political and entertainment glitterati who rub shoulders there for a few days each January.
“People wear leather dress shoes and then use the limousines because they don’t want to slip on the ice,” said Ladina Alioth, a teacher and mother of three recently elected to the local legislature. She’s proud to host the WEF, but says last year it was too disruptive. “I wear boots and pack the shoes I wear indoors — why can’t they do that too?”
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