Only Six Months After the Olympics and Sochi is a Ghost town

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We have seen it before, whether due to poor economic conditions, or the imposing danger of war, Olympic cities are short-lived. Structures are built, used, and then promptly forgotten by many when public attention shifts to the next new thing. Now, barely any time has passed between the closing ceremony of this year’s Sochi Olympics, and already the town is, in many ways, falling apart.

Streets where once there were crowds of tourists and people gathering, now appear empty, desolate and closed off, as if the little city on the farthest possible coast of Russia has been effaced from current news. The buildings, which according to a recent Archtizer article, “…resemble a melding of Russian Imperial and American post-modern eras,” thanks to the, “…sharp sense of symmetry, arches, columns, pilasters, and triumphal entrances,”are a testament to the lofty ambitions of the project of a whole.

Whether the Sochi Olympics site will ever reach the same level of decay as the completely abandoned Sarajevo facility is probably unlikely. Sochi was never fully completed in the first place, and so its desolation is not altogether unexpected. It has become, instead, an instant ruin.

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