The biggest city in Europe, Moscow, has become bigger. The Russian capital has turned bigger in size by expanding its boundaries. It’s part of the so-called ‘Big Moscow’ project that will see most of the government offices re-locate to a new territory in the hope that it will help ease the city’s notorious traffic and overcrowding.
In early 2012, a competition among architectural firms, both foreign and domestic, was launched to find solutions for the city’s development. A panel of experts then chose top ten concepts to bring this project to life by 2025.
As well as moving the government out of central Moscow, the city hall wants to move ordinary Muscovites to these new territories. There are plans to build accommodation, schools, and financial centers in this so-called New Moscow. But with the city’s population estimated at 15 million, it’s not going to be an easy task.
One of the biggest incentives the city hall is offering is a 30 percent pay rise. Hefty discounts on utility bills and various benefits are also up for grabs. A promise of a healthier life with much less pollution may sound alluring to the city choking in fumes. But not everyone is convinced.
But what do the people in Moscow think of it all?
The territorial expansion made an extra 230 thousand people Muscovites. And like it or not, life in the capital is about to change.