After 2004?

Unfavorable macroeconomic predictions about decreasing rates of development after 2004 have had the effect of creating an unpleasant state of post-Olympic anxiety. Unfortunately, many of the major town-planning works planned for Athens on the occasion of the Games, will not take their final form after until after the Paralympics have been held. These include works along the seafront (chiefly those in Faliron Bay), the establishment of the metropolitan park at Hellenikon, and a number of major public transport projects (metro extension, suburban train, and new interchanges on Kifissias Avenue). Cultural infrastructure As for cultural infrastructure, projects that will not be ready until after the Games include two new museums (for the Acropolis and for the National Museum of Contemporary Art at the old Fix factory) as well as another two important projects by the company for the unification of Athens’s archaeological sites (EAXA): the Kerameikou Cultural Center (a revival of the «third square» according to the original Kleanthis-Schubert town plan) and the pedestrianization of Vassilissis Olgas Avenue, which will complete the «long walk» from Kallimarmaro Stadium to Pireos Street and Kerameikos.

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