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  • St. Petersburg Communal Apartments: Unique and Endangered

    St. Petersburg, a city of five million residents, still has a large number of communal apartments or kommunalki, as they’re called in Russian — about 70,000 in total — most of them in the historic center of the city. With their high ceilings, large windows looking out onto the city's busy streets and picturesque scenery (if you are lucky enough), long centered corridors, and shabby parquet floor, communal apartments retain an air of gracious living, a throwback to the city’s pre-revolutionary past.