A new report from The Classical City, a journal dedicated to preserving St. Petersburg, Russia, describes the destructive effects of the city's new plan and calls for architecture that is consistent with the city's character.
"Today the notions of real estate development and traditional architecture seem diametrically opposed to each other; they are, however, not. Only when developers espouse a defunct architectural style is real estate development at odds with traditionalism / classicism."
"The inhabitants of a city renowned for its rich architectural heritage undergoing a development boom should take care to both preserve and protect their city. Legislation that simply inhibits development or dismissively relegates it to a certain area without accounting for it in any other way merely shifts the problem around. It does not solve it."
"Rather, what is needed is a form of local legislation which judiciously regulates real estate development in a manner promoting both economic growth and architectural integrity."