September 08, 2021

Moscow Neighborhoods Due for a Face Lift


Moscow Neighborhoods Due for a Face Lift

“They are different projects, but they have the same goal: to create a high-quality urban environment and new opportunities for recreation and sports close to home.”

– Sergei Sobyanin, Moscow's Mayor

Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced the implementation stages of the “My District” urban renewal program on September 2. The project will improve public and residential spaces in the neighborhoods to the west of Moscow, which will include the installation of exercise equipment in parks, the repair of recreation areas and playgrounds, and the creation of new platforms for public transportation.

Those keen for more static activity will find entertainment, too. Landscaping will satisfy those hankering for order in nature, and some spaces will be equipped with chess tables, perfect for training the next generation of the Russian chess elite - before they blast off to compete in spaces not so grounded...

 

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