ATHENS – A common sight on the streets of the Greek capital – abandoned cars rusting and rotting away – is being remedied with city officials saying more than 2,300 of them have been removed, including motorcycles.
That was over the past year, said Kathimerini, part of the city's plan to clean up neighborhoods and clear up space occupied by the hulks that were allowed to sit for years, no government making a move to do anything about it until now.
The city said since September, 2019 that 1,194 motorcycles and mopeds and 1,126 cars have been taken away, freeing up pedestrian and parking space.
“We have already entered the process of closing a big wound that has plagued Athens for decades. The capital needs every inch of free and clean space,” said Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyiannis.
Since taking office he has been moving aggressively to try to beautify places allowed to deteriorate for years, putting a fountain back in the main Omonia Square near City Hall and adding trees on streets among improvements.