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Moscow Looks To Rein In Skyscraper Construction

While some cities take a bigger-is-better approach to high-rise construction, Moscow is looking to curb enthusiasm for skyscrapers in much the same way as Saint Petersburg. Proposed regulations would impose a 75-meter height limit for most of the historic

Moscow's 40-story Nordstar Tower (**RS**2009)
Moscow's 40-story Nordstar Tower (**RS**2009)
Aleksander Voronov and Margarita Fedorova

MOSCOW -- Historical conservation has a complicated history in Moscow. In 1931, Stalin destroyed the city's most prominent cathedral, only for the site to remain empty for years, before ultimately being turned into a swimming pool.

These days, however, Russia's political and business capital is making an effort to preserve its historical skyline by following Saint Petersburg's lead and restricting the height of new construction.

The new regulations are based according to neighborhood, and would outlaw new buildings higher than 75 meters in 40% of the city. The height limit would apply to about 80% of the city center.

The regulations are not entirely unprecedented, as there are already some restrictions on tall buildings. In 2010, Moscow's mayor demanded that the upper floors on a new 213-meter tower be lopped off, claiming that the construction's height was illegal. The decision was later rescinded.

Although experts recognize that developers will not be happy with the news, they called the new regulations "logical and understandable." They also noted, however, that it could lead to less new construction and higher rents for office space in Moscow.

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Should Christians Be Scared Of Horror Movies?

Horror films have a complicated and rich history with christian themes and influences, but how healthy is it for audiences watching?

Should Christians Be Scared Of Horror Movies?

"The Nun II" was released on Sept. 2023.

Joseph Holmes

“The Nun II” has little to show for itself except for its repetitive jump scares — but could it also be a danger to your soul?

Christians have a complicated relationship with the horror genre. On the one hand, horror movies are one of the few types of Hollywood films that unapologetically treat Christianity (particularly Catholicism) as good.

“The Exorcist” remains one of the most successful and acclaimed movies of all time. More recently, “The Conjuring” franchise — about a wholesome husband and wife duo who fight demons for the Catholic Church in the 1970s and related spinoffs about the monsters they’ve fought — has more reverent references to Jesus than almost any movie I can think of in recent memory (even more than many faith-based films).

The Catholic film critic Deacon Steven Greydanus once mentioned that one of the few places where you can find substantial positive Catholic representation was inhorror films.

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