Ghost Town Revisited

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Aug. 3, 2012, 12:15 a.m. | Ukraine — by Daryna Shevchenko

Only one block from Kyiv’s main Kreshchatyk Street, one of four abandoned houses – once architectural gems – are clustered in the courtyard of Pushkinska Street. A combination of poor urban planning, no property taxes and real-estate speculation has left central Kyiv with dozens of abandoned and decaying buildings that once stood out for their ornate charms.
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Daryna Shevchenko

Editors Note: On July 9, 2010, the Kyiv Post published ‘Ghost Town,’ a cover story (image at top right) that examined the capital’s raft of vacant and decaying buildings – many considered architectural monuments – in the heart of the city. This story revisits the issue, finding that little progress has been made in converting empty buildings to productive uses. President Viktor Yanukovych earlier this month, in a proposal to improve the situation, called for substantial property taxes to stimulate real-estate transactions and discourage owners from holding on to decaying properties.

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