As people flock to the capital from the provinces, public transportation is crammed and aging for a metropolitan area with more than 3 million people.

Rather than preserving precious parks and squares, greedy officials are sanctioning yet more construction of residential and commercial buildings, even as hundreds of buildings sit empty and decaying.

Kyiv is known as a green capital that respects its history and it should remain so. Moscow and New York, as great as they are, offer examples of cities that let development run amok to their everlasting detriment.

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