What makes Rudaki so wonderful are not only the lines of trees, which give shade and comfort and are at a high risk of being cut down, but also the old soviet-built two-three story pastel pink or blue buildings.
Well, these will be gone, if they haven’t already.
High-rises with about 12 stories will be built there instead. Tajiks living in these houses, while getting notice, will basically be kicked out without being able to afford an apartment in the new buildings.
As Sabit Negmatullaev, the former president of the Tajik Academy of Sciences put it: “These are some of the first houses designed by the Leningrad architects in the so-called Stalinist Renaissance style. These buildings have both historical and architectural value, and it would be absolutely senseless to destroy them”.
To me, it is not only absolutely senseless, it is absolutely heartbreaking.