Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Gentrification comes to Bishkek

Rapid urban growth in Kyrgyzstan? The Soviet factories may have shut down after independence, but the nearby workers' neighborhoods are desirable places to live. It's all about location and one of the bigger areas formerly occupied by factory workers is close to the center of Bishkek.

One of the older houses, still with traditional wood details.


Old and new, building with wood, re-building with McMansion style.

Little tenant.


New and old, the McMansions crowding out the older houses (and live trees).

There's a small park in the center of the neighborhood. Trees, waiting for spring.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

More Monuments In Bishkek

We could do dozens of posts on the monuments in Bishkek. We won't. One more look won't hurt, let's see what else can be defined as a monument in Bishkek.

Old MIG, in front of an aviation academy.


A monument to recent struggles that occurred in 2002 and 2010. More unrest, more monuments to build.

Fighting for Communism in the '20s and '40s. These guys are part of the Soviet youth organization, Komsomol.


Getting back to local roots, busts to ancient leaders and plaques to recent residents of a building.

Commercial exploitation, monuments next to a big-box store.