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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Petersburgers Feel Ignored by City Authorities

A majority of St. Petersburg residents believe that city authorities ignore their interests in architecture and urban planning, according to a new poll.

A total of 62 percent of respondents said the city neglects their interests, 57 percent said skyscrapers should be built only in residential areas, and 61 percent said they would participate in a city referendum on building skyscrapers in St. Petersburg if the authorities held one, according to poll of 1,200 residents by state-run VTsIOM.

The poll came amid a heated debate over St. Petersburg City Hall’s decision to allow Gazprom to build a 400-meter skyscraper east of the city’s historical center. Critics say the tower will destroy the city’s historical skyline.