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Old July 23rd, 2012, 03:05 AM   #1
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Suburbs of Vilnius

Changing face of Vilnius district, metropolitan area of Vilnius. In the years 2000-2012 the closest territories of the capital of Lithuania changed a lot. Not only the old towns and villages transformed, but also some entirely new neighborhoods were build in the territories previously empty. 200-450 new houses rise here every year, factories from the city relocate here, infrastructure is being built.
Let's take a trip to these new quarters and to the older towns, what are changing rapidly.

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Old July 23rd, 2012, 03:51 PM   #2
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Great, but where are the photos themselves?
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Old July 23rd, 2012, 11:03 PM   #3
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what an awesome thread!
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They say that in Lithuania they have so fast internet that one can view entire photo thread in a blink of an eye. Did you guys blinked? You might have missed the photos because of it...
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Old July 25th, 2012, 12:51 AM   #5
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Be patient, guys, photos will be shown soon.
I couldn't upload them, had to leave unexpectedly... Returned just recently, but I am just too tired today to do what I began before my unexpected departure...
Wait for photos from the Northern suburbs of Vilnius outside city limits. Some 600 houses were built there in a very short time somewhere between 2005 and 2008 and the construction of entirely new settlements is going on even in 2012.
I've made a walk from Bukiškis to Mažoji Riešė and then turned to Didžioji Riešė. Some ~7-8km built-up area.
Now i am in a need of a nap, then wake up and do some that and that stuff and finally in the evening the first portion of the suburbs will be released.
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Old July 25th, 2012, 02:20 PM   #6
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We will start from Bukiškis town, situated on the city limit of Vilnius. It has around 1000 inhabitants. Most of them are Russians, who have an Orthodox church from the 19th century in the town. Also there live a lot of Poles, Lithuanians (mostly the newcomers to the town are Lithuanians, so the number of them is increasing). The older part, what remained from local kolkhoz settlement, looks damn bad, like a village in some remote area in Kyrgyzstan, but the new part, what is inhabited by the rich people from Vilnius, who've bought houses here, looks really good. Also some EU funded projects are taking place in the town at the moment, lots of factories relocated here from the capital, new warehouses, so the general view is changing.

New part of Bukiškės.




There are some hundred of such houses, some parallel streets.

Bukiškis is connected with other settlement - Užubaliai, what was built only recently on previously empty space. There is a chain of such new settlements, physically connected together.


New houses rising at the moment. Just a year ago it was an empty plot.





"Older" houses in Užubaliai.


This chain of new settlements is built near the old road from Vilnius to Maišiagala and Ukmergė and was heavily used before the autobahn was built to the west of the old road.

The name of the street means "The old road to Ukmergė"


Užubaliai ends, Klevinė begins.
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Old July 25th, 2012, 02:30 PM   #7
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Užubaliai.


Klevinė.


Infrastructure is well-developed here.


One of the last empty plots in Klevinė. You could build Your house here too!


Klevinė means "a place where maples grow" in Lithuanian and here is a street "Maples' street".






On the other side of the road, a quarter in one style was built.








Užubaliai houses seen from Klevinė.




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Old July 25th, 2012, 05:57 PM   #8
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Very good idea to create this thread.
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Very good idea to create this thread.
These quarters were not represented, but Vilnius is not only the Old town and commieblocks.

The "old" part of Klevinė. Actually, only 10 years ago the whole Klevinė was an empty meadow, so naming some parts "old" is funny.






I like this one.


Houses rise here on the last free land plots.


Forest come closer to the Old Road to Ukmergė and some buildings on a small hill are built in the forest.




Great, that a lot of people in these quarters are patriotic citizens.




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In the genuine Old Town of Klevinė there is only one truly historic building, typical for the region.




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I especially liked this chain of quarters because of the pedestrian pavement. People ride their bikes and go on foot safely.




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The other side of the road.


Quarter of "block of flats".













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Old July 26th, 2012, 03:43 PM   #12
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Heh - I live in Klevinė You can see me jogging on this road every now and then

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Old July 27th, 2012, 12:21 PM   #13
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Very suburbian yes. A lot of the houses looks very 90'ish though, still not so much different than what is being built in the suburbs of Norwegian cities these days!
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awful, awful, awful! and yet intensely interesting. do carry on, please!
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Old July 28th, 2012, 04:27 AM   #15
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Thanks for the thoughts and replies.
Vytautc, I would like to live there too. Nice, convenient quarters



Recently a new quarter was built here. A year ago it was an empty plot, now the first people moved to these homes.


















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Bendorėliai in the distance.


This quarter was the first to be built of the chain of the settlements on a previously empty meadow. The construction works started somewhere around 2001-2002, but the developer soon went bankrupt and the village remains unfinished. There were plans to build a church, shops, schools, etc. A lot of initially planned houses were not built. This project was too early as a need for such housing was not grown on rich vilnians.












More general view from the distance.



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Hey i like the idea on this and thanks for your time spent on taking photos.
My only minor complain is that almsot every picture looks the same to me, thus after first 15 photos i jsut skipped forward. But that could be jsut me and my untrained eye for details
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I agree, that there are photos which seems too much duplicating each other.

But thanks for the photo work, Vilniusguide! Why couldn't you start a comprehensive all-Vilnius thread, similar to mine's Riga and Tin Can's Tallinn? I see you have an enthusiasm potential for that!

This is truly something awful, how on earth they could build such a concrete wall like in prison or concentration camp? Hedgegrow or wooden wall would much cosier:

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this is indeed insane, hardcore style insane.
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Hey i like the idea on this and thanks for your time spent on taking photos.
My only minor complain is that almsot every picture looks the same to me, thus after first 15 photos i jsut skipped forward. But that could be jsut me and my untrained eye for details
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I agree, that there are photos which seems too much duplicating each other.
Thanks for your advices. I will try to show less similar pictures.

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But thanks for the photo work, Vilniusguide! Why couldn't you start a comprehensive all-Vilnius thread, similar to mine's Riga and Tin Can's Tallinn? I see you have an enthusiasm potential for that!
I was thinking of "all-Vilnius outside the Old Town" thread, but I am not sure if I had spare time to cover all the 20 elderates of Vilnius. There are just too much interesting objects and the area is huge.
Let's look at unrepresented New Town district. There are probably 2000 historical buildings mostly from the 19th and the first half of the 20th century...
Some hundred old buildings in Antakalnis including baroque churches, manors, impressive wooden castles.
Žvėrynas is full of 19th century wooden villas, palaces and interwar functionalist buildings...
Even such districts as Jeruzalė, Verkiai, Naujoji Vilnia, Pilaitė have manors with tens of historic buildings, churches, Way of Cross, historic factories, mills,...

But I would like to represent at least some of the elderships. Will see.

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this is indeed insane, hardcore style insane.
That concrete wall separate kids' playground from the road. I think it is ok. Kids are always too curious.
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