It's interesting that just three decades after Pripyat was abandoned because of the Chernobyl disaster, the forest has already reclaimed the city.

Don't let anyone convince you that reforestation is difficult. It'll happen all by itself, if people allow it to.


Also, I kinda love the aesthetic. I wonder if maybe the buildings even help the trees by giving them shelter they wouldn't otherwise have. It'd be interesting to see if climax species start to regrow sooner in places like this.

@InvaderXan this reminds me of some posts I've been seeing around calling for hopeful sci-fi futures where nature is thriving (which I am 100% for btw).

These images are just gorgeous.

@InvaderXan a fact i think is interesting: most eastern bloc prefab apartment block cities like this were purposely built around existing vegetation - so if they had some old, taller trees, they'd sometimes alter their construction plan to have them in courtyards etc., so that when people move in they already have some greenery around. i think having native plants there already instead of ornamental plants might possibly have added to the speed and extent of reclamation.

@aurora Oh, that *is* interesting. And a much better way to build things, I think. It always makes me sad when people cut down trees to make way for construction, and then don't even build where the trees used to be. And then plant more trees to be decorative! Makes no sense!

Yes though, ranting aside, that likely helped by giving the forest a head start...


I spent quite a lot of time living in Eastern Bloc but haven't really noticed such a careful design feature. Trees were usually the same age as the blocks.

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