City of Athens on a mission to clean-up the Greek capital



The City of Athens and its Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis are on a mission to clean up the Greek capital, with authorities from Athens Municipality announcing that a far-reaching graffiti clean- up project was moving ahead after the completion of works on the Pedion tou Areos Park.

Municipal authorities said they used eco-friendly cleaning products for a period of six days in order to remove graffiti plaguing one of Athens’ largest parks, which has suffered serious decay over the years.

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Συνειδητή επιλογή να μπει ένα τέλος στο αποτύπωμα της μιζέριας στους δημόσιους χώρους. Αυτή τη φορά, μία μεγάλη προσπάθεια να καθαρίσουμε την περίφραξη του Πεδίου του Άρεως, από την Αλεξάνδρας, μήκους 400 μέτρων. Χρειάστηκαν 260 κιλά ειδικού, οικολογικού υλικού για να αφαιρεθούν τα graffiti και μεγάλη προσοχή για να μην προκαλέσουμε ζημιά στην πέτρα. Πάμε να αποκαταστήσουμε την αισθητική και την καθαριότητα στην πόλη.Η ρύπανση δεν είναι τέχνη.

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“We are putting an end to the impression of misery in the city,” said Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis. “It is a matter of choice and will… We will continue to convey the message of respect in Athens; the need to live in a clean, dignified capital,” he added.

The city’s cleanup drive is being carried out at a number of squares in the Greek capital including Kanigos, Varnavas, and Agios Antonios. Graffiti removal efforts are ongoing at Eleftheria Park, Emmanouil Benaki St, Amalia Ave and on city statues and monuments.

The overall works are part of the municipality’s efforts to upgrade the city’s image and improve the quality of life for its residents and visitors.

Although Athens is winning over travelers as a popular city break destination and garnering high marks by guests on the GBR satisfaction index, the city also scored low (5.6/10) in cleanliness.

Source: GTPHeadlines