New paint for Moscow borders

It’s all part of the summer tradition in a land were summer is short and winter is long; tasks like repairing streets and the painting of public fences, street and parking lot markers. For many years that tradition has included the colours of green and yellow.

The best answer we received for the choice of colours was safety related. We were told that green and yellow was good for everyone from distracted drivers to drunks to those suffering from colour-blindness.

Green and yellow outside the Mendeleyev Journal parking lot.
Green and yellow outside the Mendeleyev Journal parking lot.

Okay, in the absence of logical information we’ll accept those answers for the time being. This is Russia, after all. Besides, Moscow is busy putting on her cosmetics as the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will be here before you know it and the primary destination for those traveling to Sochi is via Moscow.

This may be the last of the traditional yellow-green borders as Central Administrative District director Viktor Fuer has decreed that after this year neighborhoods can elect to paint borders gray, and fences black.

This year crews are busy sprucing up Moscow. (photo: The Village)
This year crews are busy sprucing up Moscow. (photo: The Village)

However, changes must wait until after 2014. For now, we must make ready for the Olympics and so the bright green and yellow will continue for now.

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