Chisinau, Moldova’s capital city, is extremely pleasant at the height of spring, with green, treelined streets, spacious parks filled with strolling couples and happy children, and sidewalk cafes offering Balkan and Mediterranean fare washed down with Moldovan wines. Yet worrying images intrude upon these idyllic scenes. Some side streets and sidewalks are in disrepair, construction on many multi-story commercial and residential buildings seems suspended, and “for rent” and “for sale” signs adorn countless, apparently empty structures around the city’s center.