A project regarding the abandoned buildings in Athens is being conducted in the framework of the first Integrated Urban Intervention Plan for Athens by the Ministry of Environment Energy and Climate Change and the University of Thessaly. The master plan includes 18 axes of action and will be formalized with a Ministerial order to obtain legal status, and thus binding character.
In Four Areas
The preparation of drawings for the integrated urban intervention was included in ‘ν.2742/1999,’ as a tool for managing urban areas that deal with complex problems of delayed development, social cohesion and eroding quality of life. Until now, no specific measures have been taken due to complications associated with the project. The masterplan involves four areas in the city centre and 18 axes, which aim at strengthening entrepreneurship, restoring security, relivening of the city centre and enhancing the city’s image. Some of the proposed measures are:
- To deal more intensively with delinquency and noise
- To simplify the procedure of licensing shops with sanitary interest
- To create a database with the licenses of these shops
- To establish crews (which will include police officers, Region’s and Municipality’s attendants and a district attorney) that will organize pest control inspections in old and abandoned buildings
- To accelerate and improve the efficiency of the asylum process
- To amend the existing legislation, in order to introduce criminal sanctions and stricter administrative sanctions to those who lease, sublease or assign properties for illegal activities or to illegal immigrants, and people who facilitate the stay of illegal immigrants in the property and/or the commission of offenses
- To study and establish specific criteria regarding the location of brothels in Athens’ Municipality
- To organize competitions to find consultants for cultural tourism, archaeology, marketing and branding issues
- To complete the interventions of the repealed Unification of Archaeological Sites, such as the emergence of the Archaeological Site of Plato’s Academy, the master plan concerning interventions in the historic centre and extend the interventions in the triangle of Stadiou, Mitropoleos, Ermou and Pireos Street with regeneration projects for public spaces and streets, such as Athinas Street.
- To propose a model for establishing an Urban Development Fund for the city of Athens under the Greek Fund Holdings JESSICA, and to propose complete intervention projects for the fund’s operation.
As implied in the Integrated Urban Intervention Plan, it is not easy to implement all these proposals at the same time (especially because there is recruitment required for many of the projects). However, the plan may provide a structure for interventions in the city centre, beyond the strict core of the historic center or the trade triangle.
Are there any intervention projects taking place currently in the city you live? How were these projects organized?
Original article, originally published in Greek, here.
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