x

Society

The Athens Urban Development Plan Offering a New Experience to Citizens and Tourists

ATHENS – The Athens urban development plan is a new experience offering citizens and tourists alternative ways of transportation in the capital, Athens mayor Costas Bakoyannis said on Sunday in a statement to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).

The new urban plan marks the implementation of the changes that the city and its people need for a better quality of life, Bakoyannis underlined. "The centre of Athens is no longer a transit point and is becoming a destination. It expands and unites places, routes, and all of us who, due to the pandemic, realized the value of public space and the meaning of unimpeded movement," he added.

The equation that experts were called upon to solve was how and how much public space can be recovered from cars to be returned to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.

On his part, George Yannis, Professor in Traffic Safety and Management at the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the School of Civil Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and head of the team that carried out the study, said that the centre of Athens should have been car-free many years ago.

He underlined that the aim of the plan was the urban upgrade of the city centre taking into account the transport factor.

The plan provides for a 6.8 klm-long pedestrian walk that also includes the Athens historical centre while 50,000 sq.m. free public space will be made accessible to citizens and visitors upon completion of the project as well as a new bike lane on Panepistimiou Street.

RELATED

ATHENS - With no trace after 12 years of a retired Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff who vanished while hiking on the island of Amorgos, volunteers arrived in Greece from California to help in the search and baffling mystery.

Top Stories

Columnists

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

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

Alberto, Season’s First Named Tropical Storm, Dumps Rain on Texas and Mexico, Which Reports 3 Deaths

TAMPICO, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Alberto rumbled toward northeast Mexico early Thursday as the first named storm of the season, carrying heavy rains that left three people dead but also brought hope to a region suffering under a prolonged, severe drought.

STUTTGART, Germany — A dramatic stoppage-time goal saw Hungary beat Scotland 1-0 at the European Championship on Sunday to wreck its opponent’s hopes of reaching the knockout stage of a major tournament for the first time in its history.

HOUSTON  — Gerardo Arteaga scored from the edge of the penalty area in the 69th minute and Mexico beat Jamaica 1-0 on Saturday night in its Copa America opener.

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's center-right leader secured parliamentary approval to lead a new coalition government in a vote late Sunday.

JERUSALEM — Leaders of major churches have accused Israeli authorities of launching a “coordinated attack” on the Christian presence in the Holy Land by initiating tax proceedings against them.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

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