Renaming the city from Leninakan into Gyumri is connected with independence, when the city was experiencing the most complicated conditions, carrying the hardships of the devastating earthquake of 1988 and the Artsakh freedom fights (by the city council decision the renaming was united to the September 21, 1992 Independence referendum). The city, from December 1992 existed in extremely difficult conditions losing over 60% of its housing. Because of the ban of gas and energy supply, the city was deprived of the social welfare. Because of the lack of fuel the operation of public transportation stopped. Nevertheless, people of Gyumri showed their active participation in Artsakh fights and for protecting the borders of Armenia. Land keepers volunteering units were formed, supervised by Mikayel Vardanyan, Misha Sahakyan, Vardan Mayilyan, Ashot Zakarian and others.
Positive changes started in the city during 1999-2002, when the government adopted the “Disaster Zone Reconstruction and Development Concept” followed by the “Disaster Zone Complex Project”. During that period “Lincy”, Huntsman and “The Red Cross” started their projects. With John Huntsman’s initiation a micro district was formed on G. Nzhdeh Street. With “Lincy” and “The Red Cross” funds over two dozens of apartment buildings were rebuilt, main roads were paved, the theatre named after V. Achemyan was completely renovated, as was the Aslamazyan sisters’ house museum and other public centers. During the same period essential work was done in the sphere of school, health and sports building construction. Already, in the middle of 2008, with the efforts of the running president S. Sargsyan, “Disaster Zone Housing” a vitally important project began and thanks to this, over 3000 families were provided with apartments. Today Gyumri has become a city with industrial and banking potential, with 12 bank branches, more than 20 large companies and over 500 business entities.
Today, Gyumri is getting ready for a new spiritual flight and the correct organization and the harmonious development of the marvelous traditions of its economic and cultural life are important guarantees in shaping the modern city portrait.See more