x

Politics

Athens’ Mayor Wants Business Clusters to Help Grand Walk Prosper

July 26, 2020

ATHENS –  The widening of sidewalks in the heart of Greece's capital to make it easier for pedestrians and bicyclists get around in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic needs more businesses there as well, Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyiannis said.

He said the city is looking at developing business “clusters” in the capital as part of a scheme to help local businesses recover after a long lockdown aimed at preventing the spread of the Coronavirus and  many people reluctant to take public transportation.

The so-called Grand Walk has provided more space for people who walk to walk through the center of the city that is normally overrun with cars and other vehicles competing for the same space.

Meeting business owners, Bakoyannis – trying to also beautify the city with a renovated Omonia Square that has a fountain back – revealed the findings of a study targeting six areas where the development of such clusters is regarded as the most beneficial, said Kathimerini.

The areas are the wealthy enclave of Kolonaki for its clothing retailers, bars and eateries, Omonia for its specialist food stores, Plaka-Monastiraki for its folk art stores and tavernas, the anarchist stronghold of Exarchia for its bookshops and cafes, the so-called commercial triangle for its leather goods retailers and restaurants, and Patission-Kypseli for its clothing stores and eateries.

“This is not just a revamp but a product we can use,” Bakoyannis said, adding that the idea is not to turn the center into a theme park but to oversee the development of existing businesses, the paper said.

It was unclear how clusters would function, but business representatives reportedly welcomed the idea as long as access to the city center for citizens and tourists is secured.

RELATED

ATHENS – The Antonis Samaras Foundation’s opening event took place on Wednesday at the Pallas Theater, with the former prime minister himself and current New Democracy Member of Parliament for Messinia as the main speaker.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Warnock or Walker? Georgia Runoff to Settle Last Senate Seat

ATLANTA — Georgia voters on Tuesday are set to decide the final Senate contest in the country, choosing between Democratic Sen.

Back in January, 109 container ships waited off the California coast to unload cargo in Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation's two largest ports.

NEW YORK – The major American news outlets watched with great interest as the historic Vespers at St.

NEW YORK — In 2022, the story of book publishing was often the industry itself.

NEW YORK — The Rev. Al Sharpton has been called a lot of names in his public life: a hustler, a racist, an opportunist, a fraud, a rat, a jester.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.