Athens Municipality moves forward with city modernization projects

Photo source: Municipality of Athens

Mayor of Athens Kostas Bakoyannis said on Tuesday that the municipal authorities were working hard to complete a series of projects in the Greek capital aimed at improving the living standards of its residents and improving the experience of visitors.

In an interview with SKAI TV, Bakoyannis said despite the backlash, a major urban overhaul of Athens which includes the redevelopment of the central Panepistimiou street and Syntagma square, the city parks projects, the pedestrian walkways and the cleaning of the square and the city park, as well as the creation of a metro station on Exarchia Square and Strefi Hill revamp were progressing as planned.

The mayor said Strefi Hill in Exarchia had been abandoned for many years and due to neglect people had stopped going there. Planned work on the central hill includes clean-up, installation of lighting and fire safety equipment, landscaping and soil support which will be funded under the city’s ongoing Adopt Your Own city” with a sponsorship of 1 million euros.

Bakoyannis said efforts were also being made to save the city’s last remaining mulberry trees as part of the largest urban renewal program to be carried out in the Greek capital in recent decades. The mayor admitted that more than 1,300 trees have been lost in Athens, with 1.5% of the city’s trees reaching 30% in some neighborhoods.

Redevelopment work on Syntagma Square is underway.

As for Syntagma Square, Bakoyannis said final finishing touches are underway, including shade infrastructure, landscaping and fountains.

Finally, the mayor spoke about several other ongoing projects, including the creation of new public spaces, the redesign of Lycabettus Hill and the National Garden, and the repair of dozens of playgrounds and courts.

“We currently have 85 playgrounds in Athens. We’ve upgraded about 20 of them, and we’ll be upgrading to 15 more in the near future. We are also modernizing the district courts. Of the city’s 115 playgrounds, we have repaired 25 and will now open 80 more. We have also completed a network of 10 ‘pocket parks’ and we are continuing,” said Bakoyannis, adding that it was time for residents to observe the change taking place around them.

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