There is a city legend associated with the name: they say, Mira street (means Peace street), connecting Leningradskaya and Moskovskaya streets, was called upon to reconcile people from the two capital cities of Russia – Moscow and Leningrad – who came to Norilsk as volunteers and built the two streets.
Mira street is one of the smallest and quietest streets in Norilsk. Geographically, it is located in the very heart of the city. Perhaps because of this, various urban planning experiments were constantly put on it.
For example, when designing the building of the drama theater, it was proposed to build a winter garden on Mira street and link it with the drama theater, so that after the performances Norilsk citizens could walk along the covered Arbat. But the idea was not implemented, like many others associated with courtyards and streets under the dome.
Another experiment was staged on Mira street in the late 1980s and early 1990s. For several seasons it was completely closed to traffic and made a pedestrian zone.
In winter, a ski track was laid along the street, and a ski rental worked. When there was no severe frost, children were rolled there in horse-drawn sleighs. At that time, they even wanted to rename Mira street into Health avenue, but after a couple of years the experiment died out by itself.
Another experiment was the construction of a courtyard pool in the mid-1980s. At that time, such small sports facilities were planned in each district, but the first construction began in microdistrict 7, between Mira and Talnahskaya streets. The unfinished pool is still behind school № 8.
In the last issue of the History Spot photo project, we talked about Zapolyarny, the oldest of the current Norilsk mines.
Text: Svetlana Samohina, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive