Olympic venues

«The current situation could be improved if exploitation was stopped, allowing more access,» said Dimitris Karydis, an NTUA professor in the town-planning department. «The Olympic venues have altered the situation and are not the best example of seafront planning. They occupy large areas, cutting off access for residents. City residents have a right to reach the sea but it is denied them because of the way access to the sea has been planned. The tramline has also created a barrier, it could have been located elsewhere. Businesses should set up their operations elsewhere and not damage such a sensitive area of the urban environment. Private enterprises take over the positive elements of the seafront, the sea air, for their own gain. The damage to the Saronic Gulf from the Psyttaleia waste plant shouldn’t be overlooked. The 4 million people who live in the Attica basin should take more of an interest in protecting the coast. There was little support from other municipalities during the recent incidents at Hellenikon.»

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