—The locals flocked together on their own. The first community-building effort was the protection of the Shukhov Tower
, and the second was the renovation campaign
. As a result, the neighbourhood elected several municipal deputies who really cared about the things that were going on at their doorsteps, and some of the residents have become actively involved as well. They see the gallery as a place to meet, talk, and ask for advice. We have just discussed the action plan for restoring the original appearance of our buildings. Apparently, it is relatively simple: we just have to find the money and pay for the operation. Over the last five or six years, many new residents and tenants consciously chose to come to live here, because they want to belong to this community, and they are quite passionate about it. But all in all people tend to think that culture and activities belong somewhere else, not in their own commuter neighbourhood.
The exhibitions are welcomed, including the ones that deal with political repressions, but the Last Address
plaques are problematic. Just like in other parts of Moscow, many people oppose them. But mostly no one wants anything of us, although I strongly suspect that as soon as we repaint the buildings according to the colour scheme
we will end up being hated by most neighbours because the solution is rather radical