A cab driver said today that the crazy Kyiv center construction ideas originated from the city's new arrivals, for whom Kyiv is limited to Podil and Pechersk and who'd never consider setting their lavish offices elsewhere.
Considering the amount of property acquired by our folks in London, it is perhaps logical to expect Kyiv-style high-rise buildings to replace Kensington Gardens in the near future.
A friend said today that the Lesya Ukrainka/Baseyna monsters shouldn't be blamed on Chernovetsky, but on his predecessor, Oleksandr Omelchenko: according to her, it takes more than two years to arrange all the legal and technical stuff for such a major construction. And she's probably right: the building that's already in use was halfway there when I was pregnant, at the end of 2005, way before Chernovetsky.
Chernovetsky, I guess, is using this argument against his opponents in the current campaign.