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European Journal

Bulgaria: Party Zone amid Gray Housing Projects

Pulsating beats till the early morning hours: that's Studentski Grad. Students have breathed new life into a communist-era high rise district in southern Sofia.

Nowhere else in Bulgaria's capital is living space so cheap and that has attracted many university students. But what was initially viewed positively as the revival of a district now has clear disadvantages for residents because students like to party. More and more clubs are springing up and there's occasional trouble with the police. Sofia's municipal leaders don't want to see the entire district turning into a party zone and are now threatening to impose curfews.