Sunday, August 15, 2010


If you have been walking around UB over the past week or two you may have noticed the flurry of landscaping happening on some of the downtown sidewalks. Actually the improvements are not really on the sidewalks but on the grassy areas that separate the sidewalks from the street. I have seen workers clearing out these areas and planting grass.

Most of the work has been happening in Juulchin Gudamj – the road that runs from Urt Tsagaan to the Government House. Probably the best job has been along the stretch of road in front of the Mongolian KGB office. I think the main reason this works is because it’s just a narrow sidewalk and strip of grass. Nothing fancy, nothing grandiose, but it works well. As you walk past the National Museum and turn left towards, the sidewalk improvement continues right up to the next intersection.

This week the landscapers have started to clear about the overgrowth along Peace Ave, on the southern side of the road, between the Russian Embassy and Center Point. A good thing since Peace Ave hasn’t seen a rake or shovel since Brezhnev was in office. Expect to see a nicer Peace Ave in the coming weeks.

Some pix of the recent progress…

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Big Plans for Liberty Square

I passed by Liberty Square (the square in front of Tengis movie theater) the other day and found the whole thing closed off and surrounded by a big metal fence. A huge billboard outside the fence indicates that the square is being renovated. According to the schematics it will have new benches, a fountain and parking spaces. It all looks pretty flash and should be a nice improvement over the old square, which was just an empty patch of concrete. Hopefully it will all come off as advertised. The new square, the movie theater and a hip new café here called UB40 should breath new life into this area.

Here are some pictures of the billboard…

Billboard advertising the new square