Kharkivskyi neighborhood, Kiev
|Neighborhood of Kiev|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Metro stations||Kharkivska, Vyrlytsia,|
Kharkivskyi neighborhood, often referred to as Kharkivskyi masyv (Ukrainian: Харківський масив) is located in the Darnytsia region of Kiev, Ukraine. The area was first developed between the mid-1980s and early 1990s as an expansion of the Darnytsia neighborhood of the city. The name is rather symbolic than historic: it simply indicates that the area lies en route to the city of Kharkiv.
The neighborhood was a part of the Kharkivskyi Raion (administrative district) of the city until 2004, along with the neighboring areas Osokorky, Poznyaky, Bortnychi and Chervonyi Hutir - which was and still is a little ambiguous. In 2004 all these neighborhoods were included in the Darnytsia Raion.
Architecture and infrastructure
Located on the south end of the Dnieper river's left bank, the Kharkivskyi was constructed following similar apartment block plans as the Obolon district. The very same method of sand-depositing was used to level and elevate the low-land meadows. The neighborhood has many lakes and the beaches are a popular attraction. However, the trees are rare and weak (because of the sand soil) despite intensive efforts of the residents.
Originally located relatively far from the metro, the neighborhood was not seen as prestigious, but the long waiting list for apartments caused quick settlement. At the time of initial development, the area contained relatively tall buildings, anywhere from nine to sixteen stories.
In the early to mid-1990s, the metro was extended to better cover the neighbourhood. Osokorky (Ukrainian: Осокорки) station was opened in 1992 and Kharkivska (Ukrainian: Харківська) station was opened in 1994 .
Like in other areas of Kiev, additional development began in Kharkivskyi in 2000. Modern, Western-style apartment buildings were built around the lakes, usually further towards the south and east ends of the neighborhood. The prestige of the area was also increased with the opening of shops, restaurants and cafes on and around the lakes as well as on the ground floors of apartment buildings. The metro is being extended deeper into the neighborhood, with new Boryspilska station opened in 2005. 2 more stations to be opened in 2006 and a new line (Livoberezhna, Ukrainian: Лівобережна) to be constructed in 2010 to 2015.
Kharkivskyi is a 'dormitory' area specially designed as such. The only businesses found there are retail and entertainment, with no industry present.