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Amid communist era, engineer rolled Bucharest's historic buildings to safety

Jan 10, 2019 - The Washington Post

As a fifth of Romania's capital was destroyed, razed by bulldozers and wrecking balls that sometimes erased all traces of a building overnight, the residents of Bucharest developed a new term for the mutilation of their city in the early 1980s .

Worse than World War II, more devastating than a strong 1977 earthquake, the massive redevelopment project was dubbed Ceausima, a portmanteau that evoked the name of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu - who aimed to build the "first socialist ...