They will then pass overflowing, smelly trash bins in their yard because the municipal garbage collectors don’t come around often enough. Walking on the crumbling pavement, careful not to twist their ankles or trip, they arrive at a bus stop. Next they cram into outdated marshrutka minibuses that usually run hazardously over capacity, while standing on one leg pressed against sweating passengers.

Those who live and work in the city center have the other challenge of getting there since most sidewalks are often lined with cars due to the lack of parking spaces. 

Anybody wishing to lose their faith in humanity simply needs to look at online photos of parked cars in Kyiv parks. If there is a spot on the pavement, it will be used for parking. Only a patch of grass or a flowerbed free? They will invariably be used, too. A playground? Not a problem. A tree? If it’s small enough to run it over, consider it done. A crosswalk or handicap parking space? Who cares, as long as there is enough space for one’s over-sized sports utility vehicle. 

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