View from my window: growing skyscrapers on the site of the former industrial zones of Maryina Roshcha

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The office where I have been working for the last six years is located in the northern part of the Maryina Roshcha district. From the height of the last floor, which is approximately 50 meters, there are excellent views of both the center of Moscow and the industrial zones of the north-west (Savelovsky, Butyrsky, Timiryazevsky districts).

If the panorama of the city center is quite familiar, then the horizon line in the opposite direction changes much more dynamically over the years. The Maryina Roshcha district itself is cozy and well preserved inside the Third Transport Ring. Outside the ring, it is a banal array of Khrushchev buildings, almost untouched (so far) by renovation, and is notable only for the railway, industrial zones, Miussky cemetery and the proximity to the Savelovsky market.

What can I tell you about this species? Despite my love for old, cozy, complex and unpretentious Moscow, I still rejoice at the development of the city, although sometimes I am afraid that such dense and endless multi-storey development will overload and deprive the city of “proportionality to man.” The trend is clear – industrial zones are being built up with residential complexes. The Sheremetyevsky residential complex has already been built on the site of the Moscow Borets compressor plant (1897). Fortunately, it seems that some of the facades of the historical buildings were preserved, but the water tower built in 1898 was left completely, although it was moved to a new location. Right now, under my office window, on the site of the recently demolished Moscow Hard Alloy Plant, the foundation for the Pride residential complex is being poured. Directly behind it there used to be a Stankolit platform, now dismantled. But once upon a time I could get to work by train from my dacha near Chekhov! The platform will no longer exist, and a road tunnel is being built under the railway towards Skladochnaya Street.

The phrase “Skladochnaya Street” took me back to my student years, when we went to the Savelovsky market to buy computers and other equipment. Then the area seemed very gloomy, industrial, where, apart from warehouses, hangars and some strange passages, there was nothing. There is also a funny memory – near the Savelovsky station there was one of the first chain beer bars, “Golden Vobla,” where we, as first-year students, could sometimes afford to go. Surprisingly, this “Golden Vobla” still exists, for more than 20 years!

The area around the Savelovsky market is still crowded and dirty, although the narrow and scary underground passage from the metro to the market has only recently been brought into decent shape. And in the market itself there is a good teahouse, where Uzbek cuisine is very tasty and cheap, it is not alien even to white-collar office workers. Further on you can see three massive dark towers of the Savyolovsky City residential complex. They look gloomy, but at their feet life is in full swing – coffee shops, restaurants, bars and shops, landscaped areas. Very close there is a large Metro supermarket, as well as a landmark of the area – the Stankolit food market. It, of course, does not reach the level of the famous and fashionable “Depot”, but there are good points. Turkish coffee on sand with oriental sweets is especially good. A little further from this residential complex, you can cross the railway line of the Savelovskaya road and find yourself at the Flacon design factory, where, again, there are many bars, galleries, shops and other things typical of creative clusters on the site of former factories. Further on the horizon are the tall towers of the D1 complex right next to the Dmitrovskaya metro station. Sixty floors and almost two hundred meters high – it’s truly impressive. Next to the office there is a college of design and decorative arts, so the office coffee shop is periodically filled with creative-looking girls with hair of all the colors of the rainbow, but at the same time black is the leading color in clothes.

I see the Miusskoe cemetery while sitting right at my workplace. Previously, my colleagues and I sometimes walked there in the summer at lunchtime, it’s quiet and peaceful. Near the temple there are plums and, in my opinion, even raspberries. Just recently I learned that one of my favorite college teachers is buried in this cemetery…

Well, the area is alive and developing. The Maryina Roshcha station on the Big Circle Line was opened. Bicycle path markings have been painted on the streets leading from the metro. Recently we completed the renovation and modernization of the hospice (Moscow Multidisciplinary Center for Palliative Care). I really hope that the industrial and somewhat depressive area in the past will turn into a pleasant place to live and work.

Anton Ilyin, reader of Moskvich Mag

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