For this episode, I took a break from the news cycle to talk with Dennis Keen of the website Walking Almaty. Dennis has carved out a fascinating niche by paying attention to and taking pleasure in all sorts of small details that most of us walk right by in Almaty and around Kazakhstan. He has walked all over the city, to all sorts of places many of us never visit, and found hidden treasures everywhere.
We talked about urban design and architecture in Central Asia, the potential blossoming of new urbanism in Almaty, and whether Astana can be saved. This was a really enjoyable conversation and a fun change of pace from the usual doom and gloom of Central Asia.
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