The results of the week: the election campaign started in the Moscow City Duma

While the chairman of the Moscow Communist Party City Committee Valery Rashkin “pushed the speech” from an armored car, and the vice-mayor Marat Khusnullin promoted a healthy lifestyle, another Communist Party spokeswoman Elena Shuvalova smashed the mayor Sobyanin for permission to change the historical appearance of the Buloshnikov house
The policy last week showed itself indirectly, through certain conflicts, mainly social and town-planning. We want to draw your attention to some of them.

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The main media event of the week, of course, was Valery Rashkin’s video game on Lenin’s legendary performance from an armored car at the Finland Station in Petrograd. The armored car at the disposal of the leader of the present Moscow Communists was not there, however, he did not lose his head and took advantage of the troop-assault reconnaissance vehicle (BRMD) that was most helpful. Actually, this is where all the parallels and jokes about this end.

Previously, in the fifth and sixth quarters of the Ramenki district, there were industrial zones, private garages and five-story buildings of the less comfortable series. The decision on the complex reconstruction of the quarters was right, but only now no one expected the result that eventually turned out, and the officials did not promise that. After the reconstruction of the quarter, its population grew to 20 thousand inhabitants, and there appeared an acute shortage of places in children’s institutions, typical of the whole district.

Since 2011, the new settlers have been promised to build four kindergartens, and they have built three for 482 places and have calmed down. People continued to be fed “breakfasts” until 2018 when the developer began to prepare the building site. Amazed by this action under their windows, Muscovites threw out to find out what is going on in their yard. It was then that it was revealed that the plan of the kindergarten had been laid for a long time, and instead, they were going to build a high-rise building. This decision was made in the summer of 2018 at the city planning commission of the city of Moscow.

Such a blatant deception, and most importantly, the lack of any desire of officials to hear the citizens, pushed the latter to desperate resistance. At the construction site unfolded real street confrontation. The PSC crowded local residents, mostly women, and the police carried out detentions – which is typical, also local residents and journalists covering the conflict.

Later, Muscovites began to hold rallies, at the last of which Comrade Rashkin climbed to the BVMD. What can I say, the cadres turned out to be noble, but, remembering the past merits of the Communist Party, which recall the “successes” in the fight against the renovation program and pension reform, it’s impossible to rely on the communists to help the once again deceived Muscovites.

Read the details here: In the Moscow district, Ramenki demand to stop building arbitrariness

If the Communist Party consists of simple comrades, at the ministerial level of the Moscow government everything is much thinner, and sometimes it’s not immediately clear what the officials really mean when they come up with such seemingly useful and necessary Muscovites and reforms. However, this time the puzzle put up by Mr. Khusnullin was not at all difficult.

On Monday, January 21, the RIA Novosti-Real Estate app published a long interview with the head of the Moscow building complex, which without exaggeration can be called programmatic. Gentlemen, urbanists and other people interested in life in the capital focused on the proposal of the official to move the public transport stops away from residential buildings, so that the city residents, pampered with the “walking distance” of the metro, would keep themselves in good shape and walk more. This concept is called Urban Health and in the West is the latest in improving the health of the urban population.

We agree with those of the experts who, behind a veil of concern for the population, saw the main thing, which is that the actions of the city authorities are subordinated to the interests of the building complex, and other policies, in particular, in the transport sector, are subordinate to the same. The most important task is to build more, higher, denser and cheaper, and sell more expensive.

As a result, the Moscow Ring Road turned out to be massively rendered areas that are comparable in number to the average Russian cities. In such conditions, there was nothing else to do but to build the subway to take these flows of people to and from work. The reform of land transport (streamlining the network of minibuses), the replacement of buses and trolley buses with electric buses, clearly show that the authorities do not intend to develop land public transport (OT), which removes the “last kilometer” problem, increases social mobility and increases the coherence of urban areas. If our statements are true, then concern for the health of Muscovites is nothing more than a desire to mask the unwillingness to develop ground OT. After all, the building complex needs only the metro.

All this, of course, is important, but enthusiastic citizens, inclining Mr. Khusnullin in all ways for his “sports initiatives”, missed the main point. But the publication of Real Estate highlighted the font and made this thought as much as the beginning of the article.

“The presence of a master plan can be a hindrance to the development of a modern, actively changing city,” said Marat Khusnullin, deputy mayor of Moscow for urban development and construction. An alternative, from his point of view, could be a master plan where the spatial vision of the city was formed, and it can be specified with the help of planning projects, ” writes RIA Novosti-Real Estate.


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