“Suburban Revolution”: The regional case (Ulan-Ude)

Breslavsky A.S. “Suburban Revolution”: The regional case (Ulan-Ude) // The Russian Peasant Studies. 2017. V.2. №1. pp. 90-101.

DOI: 10.22394/2500-1809-2017-2-1-90-101


The author considers the processes of suburban growth in major Russian cities that becomes  more and more visible, and at the same time has much in common with the processes  of development of other large cities in post-socialist countries. The driving forces  of the so-called “post-socialist suburban revolution” in Russia determined by the  rapid growth of private housing construction on the periphery of the capital cities are  similar to those typical for Eastern European countries. They are as follows: the prolonged  housing crisis, restrictions on the private property and private housing construction  in the Soviet period, degradation of the social infrastructure in central districts of  the cities in the 1990s, liberalization of distribution and developing of urban and suburban  areas, in-migration from rural areas — all these factors have a significant impact  on the growth of cities with a million-plus population as well as on smaller regional capitals.  The growth and development of the suburban zone of Ulan-Ude — the capital of  the Republic of Buryatia — quite fit into this “post-socialist context” though with important  regional features related to local housing traditions, level of income, character of  rural-urban migration, etc. The key directions of growth of the inner and outer suburbs  of Ulan-Ude are as follows: wooden low-rise housing construction, transformation of  dachas into places of year-round accommodation, construction of cottages and townhouses,  high-rise housing construction, development and reconstruction of suburban  villages. The suburban area of Ulan-Ude has mono-functional character (residential areas)  for the industrial and commercial construction and social and public infrastructure  are still poorly developed, which determines the rural-urban look of the suburban  micro-districts. 


suburbs, urbanization, suburbanization, Ulan-Ude, segments of housing development, social geography

About the author

Breslavsky Anatoly S., Research Fellow, PhD (History), Institute for Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science. Address: 6, Sakhyanovoi St., Ulan-Ude, 670047, Russian Federation.
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