How to find the Lenin’s Square
Is it so important in fact, what kind of names we see every day in our cities and villages throughout life?
There is nothing wrong with that in Ukraine, where we've got more than two hundred streets named by Felix “clean hands” Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the main Soviet punitive instruments – Cheka/NKVD/KGB. We have to remember an outstanding organizer of the proletarian masses Artem, who helped carry out the occupation of Ukraine. Certainly, important to us is the person of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Millions of lives in Ukraine was destroyed during Soviet-Russian Empire he founded. Nevertheless a couple of thousand streets still named after him in the Center and in the East, and sometimes in the western part of the country.
“TEXTY” tried to answer the question, how many Soviet street names are in our country. We have worked with Open Street Map data. From the hundreds of thousands of streets that are at the present database, only about a hundred thousand included with the title. In the table below – you can see ten most popular, but not only Soviet names:
|1||Vladimir Lenin Str||6||Zhovtneva (October Street)|
|2||Taras Shevchenko Str||7||Lesya Ukrainka Str|
|3||Sadova (Garden Street)||8||Ivan Franko Str|
|4||Gagarin Str||9||Radyanska (Soviet Street)|
|5||Myra (Peace Street)||10||Shkilna (School Street)|
After data processing, we have compiled a sample list of the most popular streets with Soviet names. It includes not only the most famous figures of the period, but also cultural and social artifacts (e.g., everything associated with the most successful propaganda project of the Soviet Union – Space program). This list is not complete, but we believe that most Soviet names we took in account.
In the next step, we determined how many matches we can find between map of Ukraine and our list. The answer is shocking: although Soviet Union dissolved 24 years ago, one quarter - an impressive 25% - still have Soviet names.
Look at the map below. There are five cities we've selected for exploration. Choose one with a mini-map (streets with soviet names are colored in red), move over line to see a street name, also you could zoom and drag a main map)