Lasnamae

 

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In Western Europe, where history of 20th century was different than in Eastern countries, so-called communism tours are getting more and more popular. In former soviet republics and dependent countries, there are districts created between 1960-1990, which are something exotic for young people from West Europe.


The history of a Lasnamae begins from 19th century factories, but the biggest development started in this place in 1970s. The huge district is also the most inhabited one, as panel blocks have from five to even sixteen floors. The main urban planning idea, was to create microdistricts – groups of blocks with flats and primary public services like shops or school. According to plans, citizens may fulfill all basic needs not leaving his microdistrict. 
Lasnamae was inhabited mainly by Russian immigrants, and it became one of symbols of Russian occupation. The phrase “Stop Lasnamae” became a slogan of revolution in 1980s.





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