Athens “decks up” to welcome tourism again

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On Monday it was approved by majority, in a vote in the Municipal Council of the City Council of
Athens
, the realization of the Great Promenade of Athens, a unique project of
6.8 kilometers
that will change the appearance of the city center and recover 52,000 square meters for pedestrians and cyclists. The mayor, Kostas Bakoyánis, announced with satisfaction that it is “a visionary project” that changes the face of the city center “and our daily life” and that “it begins with consensus, dialogue and cooperation”: it is supported by the vast majority of the municipal councilors, beginning with the radicals and the socialists, which will facilitate their realization in the next two months.

It is a comprehensive plan for the revitalization and unification of the historic center of the capital, since the itineraries of this great promenade will link the historic neighborhoods of the center, such as Plaka and Makriyani, with the squares of the Constitution (Syntagma) and the Concord (Omonia). They will include the area surrounding the Acropolis, which already has two pedestrian streets: that of Dionisio Aeropagitu, where the Acropolis Museum is located, and that of San Pablo, which also borders the archaeological site of Agora. And Queen Olga Avenue, which borders the Temple of Zeus Olympus and the National Park, will also be pedestrian. The walk will extend to the Olympic Stadium where the first Games of the modern age were held in 1896. It will include the University Avenue, Panepistimiu, where the Numismatic Museum, the Orthodox and Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, the Rectorate and the Old National Library. Pedestrian will also be Calle Herodes Ático, in front of the National Park, where the Presidential Palace (formerly the Royal Palace) and the Prime Minister’s Office, which ends at the Olympic Stadium, are located.

The works, in two months

Works will begin immediately: traffic regulations will be implemented in the coming weeks, according to detailed studies from the Athens National Technical University. It has been studied in detail how circulation will be improved in several of the large avenues with fewer cars but better public transport and who will be able to continue circulating through the center and, above all, in the area closest to the Acropolis: its residents, visitors and those who work in shops, restaurants and hotels. Landscaped areas will be added. All this will apply from the month of July, when Greece expects to receive its first foreign tourists.

This project will improve the quality of life not only for visitors, but also for residents of the city center and those who work there, as the mayor ensures that there will be less traffic and more routes for buses and trolleybuses. Also, there will be more areas for cyclists.

Although free circulation is already allowed in Greece and many shops (minus the large shopping malls) have opened, there is still not much traffic in the city center, which will allow the works to be carried out more quickly. .

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