Initially, Yekaterinburg was built based on the models of German and Dutch cities, where the underlying principle is block development. A bright example is the whole old part of the city, for instance, sections of Belinskogo and Rozy Luxemburg street. This planning structure clearly sets the street cross-section width and development logic. Plot division also complies with the principles of active use of each fragment of the area, assigned to individual owners.
In Soviet time the paradigm of social development changed: the collectivization of municipal economy made all urban spaces communal and unattached at the same time; hence, the unthrifty attitude towards urban spaces, the excessive street scales, large gaps between buildings, enlargement of planning elements to gigantic neighbourhoods, where the feeling of human scale is lost, and, as a result, beautification decline.
And if in the socialistic period the role of a managing subject, maintaining at least some level of beautification in public spaces, was undertaken by the state, in post-Soviet period all these 'unattached' spaces between buildings started to decay rapidly, which led to significant marginalization of urban environment in the 90-s. The industrialization of house-building, fostered in Soviet time, when architecture strictly complied with simple economic feasibility (and a panel building of 9/12/16 storeys was the most efficient type of housing), also left its mark.