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Doors in/to Cities: Kiev

by Alex Schafran

The fruits of consumer capitalism adorn many of the openings in Kiev's historic center, a place of majestic boulevards and hidden gems amidst some of the bloodiest and most contested history in all of urbania.

For someone raised in the bosom of the computer age on the edge of the fog belt, the good life in Kiev consisted not of affordable Korean televisions, but of people watching in one of the city's numerous parks on a warm summer night, astride a cold beer and a well worn park bench under the bronze gaze of a long dead poet.

Credits: Photo by Alex Schafran.