УYou are my Fatherland, one can never walk you all the way to the endФ goes Bulat OkudzhavaТs famous song dedicated to the Arbat. To the best-known bard in the Soviet Union, Arbat was more than just a street Ч it was, in his own words, his calling and his religion.
Just next door from the multi-cultural, cross-class and eclectic Arbat, Ostozhenka could be a world away, or anywhere in the world, for that matter. ItТs been some 10 years since developer RGI International broke ground on the first project of what has later become known as the УGolden MileФ of Moscow. Market prices for apartments in its most famous buildings on Korobeinikov, Butikovsky and Molochny lanes have since increased roughly tenfold.
Goa is a very small state in a very large country, and thousands of Russians and Brits call it home between November and March. Recent media reports describing local government allegedly Уsqueezing outФ Russians in some sort of orchestrated campaign have done little to change that.
As developers build more high-rise apartment housing in areas over 50 kilometers from the Moscow Ring Road MKAD, transportation problems will only get worse, preventing a widespread exodus to the Moscow suburbs.