Andriyivsky Spusk gets a makeover

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Nov. 7, 2011, 5:03 p.m. | Kyiv — by Olga Rudenko

Andriyivsky Spusk -- without pavement and full of ruts and construction machinery -- slices through the heart of Kyiv.
© Anna Bernyk

Olga Rudenko

A winding street without pavement, full of ruts and construction machinery slices through the heart of Kyiv. In the dust-saturated air, a rare tourist dares to venture more than a few meters down its steep incline.
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Anonymous Nov. 7, 2011, 8:52 p.m.    

Supposedly Kiev's "most charming" and "most touristed street," the Spusk has actually been a Third World-style delapidated embarassment to Ukraine in the 12 years I've known it. Only in Ukraine can the city's pride-and-joy street look like the WWII damage was never repaired, full off abandoned collapsing buildings. Also lots of stray dogs from Bald Hill.

Needless to say, however, there's no way any government plan to "fix" it will work. The government is incapable of anything but robbing and victimizing Ukrainians.

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Anonymous Nov. 7, 2011, 10:08 p.m.    

Please no more God-awful buildings like the Hyatt. Look at the new Intercontinental hotel for how it should be done.

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Anonymous Nov. 8, 2011, 12:34 p.m.    

Can 'spusk' in this article be changed to 'uzviz', as English speakers in Kiev are more familiar with the street's Ukrainian name. Alternatively the English 'descent' could be used.

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Anonymous Nov. 15, 2011, 4:31 p.m.    


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Anonymous Nov. 15, 2011, 4:30 p.m.    

*Andriyivsky Spusk* - did you mean &quot;Andriyivskyy Descent (Ukrainian: Андріївський узвіз, Andriyivs’kyi uzviz; literally: Andrew's Descent&quot;?

Lack of editors ... ((

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