Wise TibetanMonkey, Most Humble Philosopher
2019-07-19 06:30:21 UTC
Living in Moscow isn’t very different than living in other large cities, with the exception that Moscow is the northernmost mega-city in the world, and the winters are quite long, lasting November through March. May through September, on the other hand, is a fabulous time in Moscow.
Most people spend about an hour commuting to work, get home around 7 PM and enjoy a few hours of downtime. Public transportation is decent and getting better every year. The subway system is very reliable and efficient, but it does get very crowded during rush hour. Moscow is notorious for its congested traffic, so often the subway is the fastest way to get around.
One feature which distinguishes Moscow from many cities is that just about all Moscow residents live in high-rise apartment buildings. This doesn’t make a lot of sense because Moscow is situated on a plain and there’s plenty of space to build housing, but the tradition of constructing tall apartment buildings, which began in the Soviet era, continues today. Unlike American cities, which feature a high-rise downtown area surrounded by low-story suburbia, the buildings in Moscow often get taller as you leave the center. This results in high and increasing population density.
On the other hand, Moscow has more parks and green areas than any other city of its size. Close to half of Moscow’s total land area is dedicated to green spaces, allowing residents plentiful opportunities to escape the city bustle and enjoy nature. In recent years the city parks have been getting significant face-lifts, and many of them are now on par with the world’s best recreational areas.
The city center is fabulous and very walkable, with plenty of attractions to suit any taste, from a wide array of museums to a vibrant nightlife scene. The suburbs, on the other hand, still mostly serve as “sleeping districts” (spalniye raiony), as Muscovites call them. Other than large shopping malls, there isn’t much to do there, and most people escape to the center for entertainment. The city government is determined to reverse this trend and make each district an attraction of its own, but those plans will still take decades to fully materialize.