Tuesday, 25 September

Yerevan's Mayor Must Make a Decision That "Goes Against the Grain"...At Least Once



During an interview with Azatutyun Radio, Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan said that his office didn’t even bother to discuss the topic of compensation for business owners who had their stores on Abovyan Street dismantled. The price was too prohibitive, he noted.

As yet, we have been unable to obtain any documents dating from former Yerevan mayors regarding permission to build these stores on Abovyan Street in the first place. Who in the Yerevan Municipality granted permission for their construction up and down the sidewalks on this prime piece of Yerevan real estate remains a mystery.

Can any of these storeowners provide any contractual documentation?

Even if such paperwork can be dug up from somewhere, we all know that such permits were “bought” at a price. Thus, it’s absurd to even be speaking about compensation.

Let those municipal officials “on the take” pay for such compensation out of their pockets. And high on the list should be Narek Sargsyan, the current Chief Architect of Yerevan and the man in charge when those unsightly stores were constructed back in the day.

The money these officials pocketed during their years of tenure is more than enough to compensate all shop owners in Yerevan.

Mayor Taron Margaryan enjoys a high-level of authority, amassed during his years of tenure as the Avan District Leader. Now, he faces a pivotal issue in his budding career.

The question remains as to whether he is capable of making a decision that goes against the grain and depart from “business as usual”.

If the mayor can do this, he will recruit a mass army of supporters, including the activist youth. It would be a feather in his cap, so to say. But first, he must show the will to make such a tough decision that will irritate only two oligarchs.

Both of these oligarchs enjoy no support or sympathy with the public. They won’t even be able to muster two citizens to defend them if Margaryan makes the tough but correct decision.

These oligarchs don’t even have the guts to say – “These stores belong to us.” Hopefully, they have enough sense to ask themselves whether it makes sense to do battle with broad segments of Yerevan residents and active young people all in the name of a few stores.

Let’s put aside the Mashtots Park issue for the moment.

Does Yerevan need a chief architect who constantly deceives the people of this city? Hasn’t the time finally come to send him packing?

I am convinced that Narek Sargsyan has been able to deceive the mayor with equal ease.

Those shops on Abovyan Street were installed with the permission of Narek Sargsyan and they were illegal.

Why hasn’t the Yerevan Municipality continuously failed to punish those who approved such illegal decisions from day one?

We all remember how Narek Sargsyan gave his official “blessing” to turning the green space around Yerevan’s Opera House into one giant cafe. And now he has the nerve to speak about restoring Yerevan to its historic glory?

Sargsyan had no trouble pulling the wool over the eyes of the Public Council during their recent meeting. Council members had become so enamoured with Sargsyan and so used to his lies, that all they could do is hang their heads and believe him.

At the meeting, Sargsyan stated that he didn’t even know who the owners of these stores are. So, in whose name is all this construction being pushed through for?

Does anyone in Yerevan take Sargsyan at his word when he feigns such ignorance? Of course not. The chief architect knows everything. The blueprints for these stores were handled by him. He was the one who signed off on the project now underway to construct a commercial center in the vicinity of Hrazdan Stadium.

It remains for Mayor Margaryan to void his 7373-A Decision of December 30, 2011 entitled – “The dismantling of structures on leased property at 21/3 Abovyan Street and granting of building rights on 247 square meters of land to Arevelyan Oasis Ltd.”.

Arevelyan Oasis is a company owned by Yuri Beglaryan, brother of former Yerevan Mayor Gagik Beglaryan.

So far, we’ve only been able to ascertain the name of Arevelyan Oasis. There’s another company that also has been granted land in Mashtots Park as compensation for being removed from Abovyan Street.

By nullifying this decision, Mayor Margaryan will declare that he has heeded the voice of the people in the decision-making process.

He will usher in a new tradition of municipal business according to which the people needs and concerns must be taken into account before any construction or major changes are made to Yerevan parks and public spaces.

After all, a city is made up of residents and not just two oligarchs.


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Comments (21)
1. hasmik15:16 - 5 March, 2012
meng kaxakapet chunenk ayn depkum vor TARONIK MARGARYANIK@ chi uzum mer pahanjner @dhunel, gone TET-A-TET HANDIPEL MEZ HET BNAPAHPANNERI HET. UREMN VERADZNEL BOLOR BUTIKNER MER BAKITS EV VERAKANGNEL VNAS TRVADZ@ EV BARELAVEL KANAJ TARADZK!
2. Seviliya22:29 - 5 March, 2012
Մեկնաբանությունը... lseci harcazruyic@ Taroni het,kardaci komentner@,shat vata,vor menk teragnahatumenk u chenk vstahum.Linelov eritasard na glux govelu tex uni,Avani nman gyux@ ira eritasard tarikin karoxacav sarki lavaguin hamaink.Ete barekamner unek Avanum,harcrek aigineri masin,axbahanutyan,mankapartezneri,mshakuiti tan ,vori shenk@ gnvacer arevtri tun te shuka sargelu npatakov,ira shnorhiv vergins dardzav hamainki sepakanutyun veranorogvec u hima avanum gorcuma vorpes mshakuiti tun.Chisht kliner vochte baganvel tarber banakneri,ail gnal poxzichman u irar chviravorel
3. Sevilya22:40 - 5 March, 2012
hargeliners,menk ev aid butikneri terer@ nuinpes hamakaxakacinerenk,ev menk aprumenk nuin kaxakum,isk kaxakapet@ mekne,vor@ mez iogut apamontagec aid butikner@ dem gnalov naxkinum gorcox kaxakapeti voroshumnerin,u popoxutyun mcrec butikneri vardzakalutyan gamket@ krchatelov.Hima ainpisi tpavorutyune vor bolor@ paikarumen Taroni dem,hamaxmbvac butikneri tereri het(vstahem,kaxakapeti ais voroshum@ cher karox dur gal butikneri tererin)
4. Sevilya22:48 - 5 March, 2012
lave,vor bolors knarkumenk u srtacavenk motenum kaxakum katarvox popoxutyunnerin,parzapes karelier irar hargrlov u voroshaki zichumnerov aragnordvel.
5. anahit23:55 - 5 March, 2012
Hamadzainem,vor mer kaxakapetin petke gnahatel ir gerazanc katarvac ashxatanknerov.Avani mankapartezner@ araginein amboxg kaxakum vor dardzan anvchar.Inchu viravoreluc baci vochmek chi xosum aid masin,vor hazaravor erexaner sksecin hachaxel mankapartez henc nra taxapet linelu gamanak.Ekenk xosenk mer masin ev hashvenk kani carenk tnkel henc menk inkners...heto nor xosenk Margaryani masin
6. Levik08:32 - 6 March, 2012
This mayor has said that construction in Mashtots Park will continue, arguing that the Abovyan Street storeowners must be compensated. As Edik correctly points out, why should these people be compensated for stores that were evidently illegal in the first place and at the expense of public lands?? Bribes were given and accepted in the past, and now the mayor wants us to believe that his solution is the correct one. I do not share Edik's optimism regarding the Taron Margaryan's ability to break with his predecessors' mentality. In a recent interview with Azatutyun Radio, Margaryan said, "“The young people [demonstrating] there really care about green areas and ecology. But they should not show that care in that way.” What the hell is this guy talking about?? What other way should people use to show their care and are fed up with how their lives are being controlled by a municipal government that deceived them in the past and continues to make decisions on how public space is used without any prior consultation or hearing. Those stores should be burned to the ground. Maybe the mayor will get the message then...
7. Լեվիք08:49 - 6 March, 2012
Այս քաղաքապետ ասվածը շատ հեռու է քաղաքացիական հասարակության հասկացողությունից: Տես թէ ինչ է ասել Ազատություն Ռադիոկայանին - «Այնտեղ իրականում կան երիտասարդներ, ովքեր սրտացավ են կանաչի եւ բնապահպանության համար: Բայց այդ սրտացավությունը չպետք է նման ձեւով ցույց տան» Լավ, Պարոն Մարգարյանը ի՞նչ այլընտրանք է առաջարկում այդ սրտացավ արտահայտելու: Ես, ի տարբերություն շատերին,կասկածոմ եմ որ Մարգարյան ի վիճակի է եւ մտակարող ճիշտ որոշում կայացնելու:
8. Sevilya 13:03 - 6 March, 2012
Levik,kcankanai,vor du etpes xoseluc arag,inkt kez harc tair du inches arel ais kaxaki hamar?heto nor anradarnair kaxakapetin,vor@ uni arden toxac dzeragir kaxaki patmutyan meg.Kam inchpes du asacir ,shater@ kez het chen hamadzainvi.
9. Sevilya13:17 - 6 March, 2012
cankanumem,vor bolor havakvac eritasardner@ irazekvac linen,eritasard kaxakapeti ashxatankneri masin.Na ain eritasardne,vor@ aragin@ ira hamainkum mankapartezner@ sarkec anvchar.hazaravor erexaner hachaxecin mankapartez henc ira taxapet linelu gamanak.ain eritasardn@,vor amen bakum erexaneri hamar sargec xaxahraparakner,veranorogvecin baker@,poxcner@.Naev karevorumem,vor ira katarac ashxatankner@ ornakein berum bolor mnacac taxapetnerin u mnacac hamainkner@ pordzumein nmanvel,kam guce hamematvel,sksac kentronic.Dra hamarel vstahecnumem bolorit,vor mezanic shat henc na e ,vor mtacuma aid ameni masin,kani vor baci srtcav kaxkaci lineluc da naev ira ashxatankne
10. Լեվիկ15:31 - 6 March, 2012
Սեվիլյա - Իսկապես չեմ հասկանում ձեր մտածելակերպը. Իմ արած/չարածը Ի՞ՆՉ կապ ունի Մարգարյանի այն հայտարարությանը որտեղ հանդիմանում է երիտասարդ ցուցարարներին, պնդելով թէ իրենց որդեգրած բողոքի ձեւը տեղին չէ: Իրոք, իր մոտեցումը միայն փաստում է որ ինքը դեռ շատ հեռու է քաղաքացու-կառավարության փոխըմբռման ու փոխհարաբերության հասկացողությունից:
11. Sevilya17:10 - 6 March, 2012
Levik,ainkanov kap uni,vor chi kareli hnchecnel mexadrankner u xosel mi mardu masin,vori mtavor unakutyunneri vra voch vok chi kaskacum uni hamaxohneri mec banak.Isk inchu aid vordegrac boxoki dzev@ cheik ogtagorcum butikner@ Abovyan poxocum texadrelu gamanak,ev hima dra patcharov Margaryaninek dardzrel tirax.Hima haskanumek im mtacelakerp@.Xndir@,vortexice skizb arnum,isk menk umenk mexadrum.
12. Sevilya18:25 - 6 March, 2012
inch verabervuma Taroni asacin,apa kuzenai imanal inch patasxaneik spasum,vor inch aragarki.Ekek naenk ais koxmic,kaxakapet@ partavora hashvi arnel te mer te butikneri tereri karcik@,hima na porcuma uxi mer sxal@,vor tuilenk tvel,heto nor naxord kaxakapeteri sxal@,vor karucelen.Ainpes,vor paikarel petke voch te Margaryani dem,ail butikneri tereri,tox kamavor hragarven.Karoxanumek aidpes paikarek.
13. Zvart23:11 - 6 March, 2012
Hamamitem,u asem avelin, karelier hamaxmbvel u mtacel inchpes texavorel aid butikner@,vor kanach gotun hascvox vnas@ igecnel minimumi.Minchev aid butikneri vardzakalutyan gamket@ lrana.
14. Anna03:46 - 10 March, 2012
Մենք Բնապահպանները չենք հեռանա Մաշտոցի պողոտայից, Տարոն Մարգարյանն արհամարհեց քաղաքացիներին, այո թող իրենց քթի տակ բուծիկ դնեն.. էդ անճաշակ քռչերի կարիքն ու փողը միայն իրենք ունեն Չենք դադարելու պայքարել Մաշտոցի այգու համար եվ մեր իրավունքների համար հերիք է ինչքան կերան
15. ARMEN03:49 - 10 March, 2012
in4kan en stel mer joxovrdin in4i masin e xosk@ ???TARON MARGARYAN PARTAVOR E KAXAK BAREKARGI DA MEZ LAVUTYUN E ANUM IBR MI LAV GORTS ANELOV ??VO4 MENG ENG MIN4EV VER4 PAYGARELU ENG MER VOTNAHARVATS IRAVUNGNER VERAKANGNELU HAMAR HARGELINERS .
16. Hasmik Hovik03:57 - 10 March, 2012
Իշխանությունների ուժը պատում է բացառապես անապահով քաղաքացիների, փոքրումիջին բիզնեսի ներկայացուցիչների վրա եւ ոչ խոշոր փողատերերի, հարուստների: Եվ հենց դրա հետեւանքն է, որ այստեղ այս շինարարությունն է իրականանում, որը միանշանակ անթույլատրելի է»:Մեր երկրում ամեն ինչ մի քանի հոգու տարածք է Հերիք է, ինչքան նրանք կերան, հիմա էլ հանրության տարածքներ են ուզում ????? վոչ մի զիճում
17. SHOXIK04:04 - 10 March, 2012
--Sevilya--- ay DU CHES KASKATSUM HARGELIS ISK MENK KASKATSUM ENK ,ES DRA HIMKER UNENK 15 TARI - CHEN KAROXATSEL KANACH TARATSKNER PAHPANEL U ELI SHARUNAKUM EN OLIGARXNER MEZ XEKAVAREN ??? AYLEVS MEN TUYL CHENK TA
18. SUSANNA04:15 - 10 March, 2012
SEVILYA. MENG VOJ VOGI EL CHENK MEXADRUM EV VOJ EL TARON MARGARYANIN ENG MEXADRUM MEXAVORNER@ KARAVARUTYNUNN E EV MIAYN SXALNER NRANK EN TUYL TALIS ,HASGATSEK MENK ORENGI SHRJANAKNERUM EV MER IRAVUNKNERN ENK PAHANJUM, EV MI OR PETK ER VOR BAJAK LTSVI ?? JASH@ ERB VOR ERUM E VERJ@ PITI TAPVI CHE ? UREMN EKEL E AYN PAH@ DANAK VOSKORNERIN E HASEL E DA EL TUYL CHENK TALU
19. Shogher19:54 - 10 March, 2012
Derevs Monumenti "Golden Palace" -i shinararutyan jamanak parzvec nra averich, qayqayich ev kaseyi davachan kerpar@: Ver@ tvarkac nra vnasakar gorcuneutyunner@ 10% el chen kazmum, inchum petq e meghadrel ayd "vay shinararin".Na ira ardzanayin, sar@ demqov voroshumner e @ndunum, aveli shut patverner katarum, karces te ir joghovrdin voch mi vnas chi talis...Inch asem, ete vorosh hay arxitectorner patmutyan mech haytni en "shinarar", "verakangnogh" kam "karucogh" anunnerov, apa es mek@ kmtni hay patmutyan mech "averich" u "tcaxu" makanunov... Bnapahpanner dez hachoghutyun, Taronin el qajutyun
20. Emil18:02 - 11 March, 2012
Until we the people do not come to understand what "accountability" is, and why there must be accountability in a Government and the society as a whole, this kind of garbage will repeat itself over and over.
21. HaykUS19:52 - 11 March, 2012
Narek Sargayan with all previous mayors was able to create ugliest city in the region. He is humiliation of our country and Armenia. I feel sick when I see what happened to my beloved city and now we have to deal with his consequence. Shame on all current armenian architects and government. They were able to destroy Yerevan on short 8 years. I wish their buildings would collaps and berry narek, zacharyan, beglaryan and all bloodsuckers under them.
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