Pechatniki, Moscow, 2013

These are some photos from the district of Moscow I lived in a couple of years ago. Pechatniki, (‘printers’ in English) is in the south-east of the city, on a turn in the Moscow River. The area’s residential and industrial, with various works next to the water at either end of a narrow park, about 1 kilometre in length, which quickly fills up quickly when the weather’s good. Contrary to warnings that I was given by colleagues and Russian friends alike, I found it to be a friendly neighbourhood. Although the miles of tower blocks made an immediate connection in my mind with areas in the UK that have been effectively abandoned by local and national government – this neighbourhood was different. Each set of blocks has a well maintained kids play area, and dentists and doctors surgeries, there was a food market and supermarkets very close by and as well amenities such as hairdressers. Not far from the river there was also a large community centre. Past the park there’s a small hydroelectric dam, and the steel fencing that closes the area off is covered in some fantastic pieces of street art.

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