In today's column from luxury magazine Monocle, Moscow's plans to repave asphalt sidewalks with bricks has stirred up some criticism. Could the project have anything to do with the fact that the mayor's wife was once associated with a brick and curbing business?

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With its miles of snaking traffic jams, clouds of exhaust fumes and a creaking public transport system, Moscow is clearly a city much in need of improvement, but the government’s latest plan to beautify the place has most residents shaking their heads in confusion.

Across the Russian capital, miles of asphalt sidewalks are being ripped up and new brick pavements are being laid down, forcing pedestrians to dodge the traffic in the road and blow up clouds of dust.

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