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Local elections in Kyiv: Candidates try to hype on facilitating local infrastructure

Author : Kateryna Chernyavska

Source : 112 Ukraine

Residents of Ukrainian towns often joke that they love elections, because only before elections something is done at the local level
13:00, 12 October 2020

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Residents of Ukrainian towns often joke that they love elections, because only before elections something is done at the local level: repairing roads, building playgrounds and sports grounds, new lighting, and so on. But this scheme works not only in the small towns but also in the capital, especially if we take into account districts remote from the center and even from the subway.

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I have been living in Voskresenka district (a historical region on the left bank of the river Dnipro, - ed.) for three years. The district is quite typical and usual. Not far from my house there is a park where pensioners, dog owners, and parents with children use to walk, a little further there is a lake. And during the three years that I have been living here, nothing has been done at all to equip the district.

But as soon as the local elections rapped at the door, the entire area was flooded with special equipment, workers, and very active improvement work is underway. Of course, there is a sign next to each object, with the support or initiative of which deputy or candidate for deputy this bench was put.

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The Aurora Park, located just behind the Kvadrat mall, has not been reconstructed for at least three years. But in recent weeks, it looks like a mix of playground and construction sites.

And the first thing that catches your eye is that there almost no seating benches. Just a couple of weeks ago they weren't there at all. They were dismantled to be put back later. The only thing that has changed is that the place under them has been paved. But, as can be judged by the asphalted rectangles, there might be several new ones, and people who would sit on them would hardly be able to maintain the recommended distancing of one and a half meters.

Voskresenka district of Kyiv. Pre-election repair works of local infrastructure
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Voskresenka district of Kyiv. Pre-election repair works of local infrastructure
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Voskresenka district of Kyiv. Pre-election repair works of local infrastructure
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A sports ground was also built in the park. That is, some horizontal bars were put and the polyethylene was not even removed. In addition, as the rainy weather test shows, the asphalt is unevenly laid there and the puddles are right under the horizontal bars themselves.

Voskresenka district of Kyiv. Pre-election repair works of local infrastructure
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Voskresenka district of Kyiv. Pre-election repair works of local infrastructure
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Apparently, a fountain looks to be an icing on the cake. Long years before there was just a small square with benches all around and a rather squalid flowerbed in the center. Long years before the elections, nobody cared about it, and now a whole fountain is being built.

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A completely logical question arises here: why wasn’t it done in the previous years or at least when the quarantine was strengthened and visiting parks was prohibited?

Voskresenka district of Kyiv. Pre-election repair works of local infrastructure
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Not far from here is large Radunka lake. Its infrastructural issues have not been resolved for a long time. Although in general, one could walk there, as there were old benches, sidewalks, and even children's and sports grounds. However, these sites are located completely at the other end of the lake.

Now, by the way, they quickly built a playground, a sports playground, and even ping-pong tables. Better late than never.

A separate issue is how to get to the recreation areas because the steps that were just a month ago here were just falling apart underfoot and no one bothered with them. Now there are several staircases, some with a ramp.

Voskresenka district of Kyiv. Pre-election repair works of local infrastructure
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Voskresenka district of Kyiv. Pre-election repair works of local infrastructure
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Not only the recreation areas of the district have been repaired, but also the adjacent territories. For example, a pump room was made near one of the houses in record time. Before that, the closest one was in Aurora park and, frankly, was not in its best condition. Moreover, the dug area around the pump room was even sown with a lawn.

Voskresenka district of Kyiv. Pre-election repair works of local infrastructure
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Voskresenka district of Kyiv. Pre-election repair works of local infrastructure
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And this is good that they are doing at least something. But just two months ago, the area was given up to the mercy of fate. And it's safe to say that the next improvements would happen on the eve of the next elections.

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