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Georgia: Trying to Get a Handle on Public Works

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The Ministry of Interior Affairs in Tbilisi is one of the capital's showcase buildings constructed after the Rose Revolution.

One can imagine that if Mikheil Saakashvili had never become the chief executive of Georgia, he would have excelled as a Donald Trump-style real estate developer.

Throughout his presidency, Saakashvili has devoted abundant time and precious resources to public works and infrastructure development. And in encouraging a makeover of sorts for Georgia, he has exhibited a flair for the cutting edge in civic architecture. He has presided over the openings of a wide array of buildings that double as artworks, ranging from a white, futuristic customs terminal to Lite-bright style police stations all across the nation.

With evident pride, Saakashvili noted during his New Year’s address that his administration has been responsible for building more over the past seven years than the country has constructed “in the past eight centuries.”

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Molly Corso is a freelance reporter and photojournalist based in Tbilisi.

Georgia: Trying to Get a Handle on Public Works

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