Friday, April 11, 2008. Issue 3881. Page 4.
Khitrovka Residents Say Area Facing New Threat
By Anna Malpas, Staff Writer
The Khitrovka quarter in central Moscow used to be the thieves' den of the city, a lawless place where police entered at their peril.
Now the residents of this sleepy, bohemian neighborhood near the Kitai-Gorod metro station are incensed over a very different threat: a giant office complex to be built in the heart of the historic area.
Khitrovka residents and preservationists have gathered 5,000 signatures for a petition asking Mayor Yury Luzhkov to prevent the construction of a 33,000-square-meter office block on a site surrounded by historic buildings dating back to the 17th century.
The office complex would replace a four-story, Soviet-era college, which residents say they will not mourn. The new building, however, would be eight stories high.