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Georgia that Saakashvili built2012-01-09 14:49
Despite its woes, Georgia continues to writhe in the constructing fever. In the Parliament, Saakashvili's supporters are lobbying the idea of "Georgian Shambhala", the garden city Lasika. They do not care of the fact that Lasika will be built on a swamp. Opponents of this idea can only silently look at how the government lays the foundation for a shaky democracy "brick by brick". And no had one asked the view of the Georgian architects and builders.
As you know, St. Petersburg was built by Tsar Peter I. The brainchild of "King of the carpenter" became Russia's window to Europe and the beginning of a Great Russian Empire. What does this have to Georgia? It's very simple. Here Peter I is considered the son of the Georgian. And Mikhail Saakashvili, full of antipathy towards Russia, tries to be like the first Russian emperor.
Georgia of the XXI century is not, of course, Russia of Petrine era. Russia of Petrine era had the money, power, and remarkable will of the tsar-reformer. Georgia of Saakashvili's era - only foreign loans and construction project-mongering of the president which sometimes is more like a mental abnormality.
This is how political scientist Yuri Krupnov commented "Saakashvili's construction" the interview to GTimes: "It is unclear where he talks sensibly, and where the raves". According to Krupnov, the idea to build a resort town Lasika on the swamps and in the vicinity of the oil terminal "is more like a delusion".
The artist Temur Goshadze called the idea of Lasika "absurd". According to him, the planned high-rise buildings would collapse in wetlands of Anaklia. Truly "imperial" response of Saakashvili was as follows: Peter I built Petersburg, which became one of the most beautiful cities in the world and is still thriving, at the Finnish marshes.
Anaklia seems to become a favorite testing ground for Saakashvili. One unpleasant story is connected with it. GTimes has already written about the controversial construction of the "modern resort": eviction of residents, foreign investors, who appeared members of the Georgian government, the demolition of refugee settlements ... Tourist paradise turned out to be phantom. "Investors" have happily stuffed their pockets, the common people got nothing. By the urgent opening of a new resort there was built a new bridge, which collapsed suddenly. Saakashvili announced that the bridge was actually "temporary" and that was okay that it collapsed. They would build a new one soon. And now Lasika - a city, which does not exist yet. And now they are talking about "great building site" throughout Georgia. And they often say very unpleasant things.
What Saakashvili is seeking, creating an atmosphere of "building fever" in the country? The correspondent talked about it with experts.
Vakhtang Davitaia, the famous Georgian architect.