Due to Allied Forces bombing of Szczecin in World War II, nearly the whole old town and most of 19th and 20th century housing were destroyed. After the war, the part of ‘the heart of the city’, or rather its ‘living room’, was taken by the longest street – Wojska Polskiego Avenue, especially by the part in the centre of Szczecin. Lots of luxury boutiques were located there. Despite the communist period, the appearance of the street was taken care of. At some point most of shop windows were replaced.