improvements to city streets and buildings
in preparation for the 600 year anniversary
Photographs and text by Mimi Taylor
The repair and painting of buildings in the center of town is
almost completed. The plastering of walls, repair to architectural
decorations and such, is being done very professionally and carefully.
The paints used in repainting the buildings are more colorful than I
would have liked, but are generally not garish and the general look is
similar to what is being done in Hungary and Austria. The Herrengasse
is being completely repaved, with the small square stones set in a
lozenge pattern. Trees are being planted in the center of the street,
which will be closed to automobile traffic.
To separate the street from the sidewalk, they are setting long narrow
strips of polished granite, on which at regular intervals, are incised
the various languages names of the city. I saw: Czernowitz, Cernauti,
Czernowitz in Yiddish, Polish, Russian and of course Ukrainian. It
All together, Czernowitz is a beautiful city and the city plan laid out
by Ober-Rabiner Igel and the metropolitan of the time, is a very
sensible and pleasant one.
I compared it with Baia Mare and Cluj in Romania, Gyor in Hungary and
Czernowitz is definitely the winner.