Quote of the day: Alexander Gavrilov on Gentrification of Moscow

25.10.2011, 14:38
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«Moscow is not really a city, it’s more of an agglomeration of badly structured spaces. In Moscow, it was more important to create emptiness than purpose. All these stories of gentrification of Moscow were made up by people who could read books well enough and learn from intelligent people that obscurely explained theories of gentrification processes. Years need to pass in order for a space in Moscow to become part of the city. Separate events that happen in the city don’t influence its life in any way. There’s zero feedback. Meanwhile, journalists care to bring to attention every little thing that happens. But if this little thing if talked about for 3 years it becomes an element of the city.»

Alexander Gavrilov
Literary Critic