A Socialist City: Leningrad (1924-1941)
Shortly after the Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin died the city was renamed Leningrad (supposedly by public demand). During the years of the Revolution the population of the city had dropped dramatically and the recovery of the once gorgeous city was slow and only partial. From the 1930s onwards economic growth was significant, but came at the very high price of Stalin's regime.
In the late 1920s mass construction of cheap housing for workers became a very prominent feature of the Leningrad landscape. Many cultural centers - "palaces of culture" were built to provide the city's common folk with entertainment, clubs and other social activities. In terms of architecture most of what was built was rather modern, quite straightforward, but sometimes still inspirational. The large apartments of the Imperial St. Petersburg were turned into "communal" - shared - apartments, housing several families. Life was not a piece of cake, but ahead lay the events that were to change this life completely: WWII and the dramatic 900-day Siege of Leningrad.
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