“Back to their roots”: 8 new urbanist initiatives in post-socialist cities

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For one of Urbanistan‘s opening posts,  I felt that the most important place to start was at the grass roots. The history of top-down planning in the post-socialist region is no secret. However more recently a raft of grass-roots initiatives have been springing up in cities across the region – Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, and Ukraine, just for a start. This new generation of urbanists are seeking to expand the range of people able to have a say on what their city becomes.

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