In contemporary conversations about urban housing, the cities of the former Eastern Bloc rarely come to mind as potential models for future development. Images persist of vast, grey, treeless expanses of space occupied by repetitive apartment blocks that dwarf their human inhabitants. This view does capture something about the experience of living in what came to be known as the “socialist city,” yet the cities had many other kinds of spaces-older urban fabric, small apartment blocks, green spaces, village remnants, and neighborhood shopping corridors. Often the existing and the new were integrated into a synthetic whole. The ambitious master plans for cities across the region included large swathes of housing provisioned with services such as schools, retail stores, cultural centers, utility services, and public transportation networks.1/DERUDQGPDWHULDOVKRUWDJHVPHDQWWKDWWKH¿QDO UHVXOWVXVXDOO\GHYLDWHGVRPHWLPHVVLJQL¿FDQWO\IURPWKHVHLQLWLDOSODQVOHDGLQJ in part to the bad reputation of socialist construction. Yet over time, some of the PLVVLQJFRPSRQHQWVKDYHPDWHULDOL]HGDQGJDSVKDYHEHHQ¿OOHG7KLVSURFHVVRI completion and change continues even today.