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Passport Poll
If you could make one change to the city of Moscow, what would it be?

n connection with this issue’s “makeover” theme, we at Passport asked Muscovites, both native and transplanted, what they would make over about their city if given the chance. Some of their answers follow. We looked for common themes but couldn’t seem to detect any. Maybe you can…

  • Build more roads to reduce traffic jams.
  • Expand the metro.
  • Better drains. It rains. It freezes. I fall!
  • Do something about worsening traffic.
  • Ban all the sub-par sushi restaurants.
  • Eliminate traffic. What a wonderful town this would be (again).
  • Move the city 500 kilometers south. Other than that, it’s perfect.
  • I would move Moscow closer to the sea. I miss the sea.
  • Teleport the whole place to Jamaica for the winter.
  • Establish a recycling program — I hate throwing away my newspapers, plastic, tin, and glass.
  • More green spaces and cleaner air.
  • Get rid of the on-sidewalk parking. And reduce the traffic.
  • Make the city more accessible to those with mobility impairments (the elderly, disabled, parents with strollers, etc.).
  • Improve the traffic situation!
  • Develop a comprehensive, sensible, humane approach to the stray animal problem.
  • Ban all new construction in the city center.
  • The traffic jams are killing me.
  • Coordinate outreach efforts to find homes for animals living on the street.
  • Cheaper prices!
  • Ban trucks, encourage bicycles.
  • Get people to smile more. More Muscovites with positive attitudes would make things more pleasant.
  • Build an above-ground monorail system to ease congestion on roads.

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