The mayor of the Greek capital said Monday that a project to redevelop the lower commercial part of Syntagma Square in central Athens is expected to begin in August, followed shortly by further work on nearby Panepistimiou Street.
“When we talk about permanent work, we mean – very, very simply – big sidewalks and a lot of tall trees. This is what the city needs right now, ”said Kostas Bakoyannis on the state-run ERT TV channel.
“We start from Syntagma Square in mid-August. The study, which will be presented to the municipal council in a week for final approval, is basically the completion of the initial study of the central square of the capital, which was never implemented, ”Bakoyannis explained, referring to the study carried out before the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
He added that the plan to create more space for pedestrians and bicycles in these two key locations in the city center, replacing the temporary intervention dubbed “The Great Walk”, scheduled for completion by the end of 2021.
As we reported earlier, the Big Walk project, which began last year, has been harsh criticism from the opposition and the inhabitants of Athens. According to the critics, this project is nothing more than a “cut” of the budget.