Downtown Athens Redevelopment Project Gets “Green Light”

    Downtown Athens ProjectA 78.5-million-euro project for the redevelopment of the Panepistimiou-Patission axis, the extension of the tram line and related traffic measures that will breath new life into the center of Athens, Greece, was given the “green light” on Wednesday.
    The project is entering its final stretch towards its implementation following the signing of the environmental impact study by Environment, Energy & Climate Change Minister Yiannis Maniatis.

    The project, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, consists of a number of smaller projects that are divided into two entities to be funded with 37,974,000 euros by the ministry of the environment through the Operational Programme for Environment & Sustainable Development (EPPEPAA), and with 40,526,000 euros by the Regional Authority of Attiki through the Regional Operational Programme (PEP Attiki).

    The project chiefly concerns the extension of the tram line from Syntagma Square to Egyptou Square via the Amalias, Panepistimiou and Patission streets.

    The redevelopment of the public space between Acadimias and Stadiou streets, as well as interventions on Amalias and Patission streets up to Egiptou Square that will give a priority to pedestrians are also included in the project, while traffic circulation measures will help redesign public transportation routing for easier access to downtown Athens.

    Athens’ Syntagma and Omonia Squares will be turned into “green urban squares”, while work will be carried out at Dikeossinis Square and Korai Street to turn them into a free public space.
    (source: ana-mpa)


    1. In the vast depths of economic recession government throws tens of millions away for beautification projects to help a few well connected stay connected. This smacks of North Korean autocratic logic where people starve under the shadow of grandiose projects to self-importance. A cost to benefit analysis would clearly indicate this project is a money burner that could otherwise be used for more urgent needs instead of wants. As for turning Omonia and Syntagma squares into green areas that will significantly reduce the number of concrete missiles taken from broken pavement. The police already have a difficult job during demonstrations, now they will be able to arrest protesters for walking on the grass and climbing trees.