More buildings to get facelifts

A program that began before the 2004 Athens Olympics to renovate the facades of buildings that look onto public spaces was yesterday extended to other parts of Greece. The scheme, known as «Prosopsi,» was part of the drive to tidy up Athens before the Games three years ago and has led to 3,800 buildings in the city undergoing improvements to their exteriors. Public Works and Environment Minister Giorgos Souflias yesterday approved a decision which will provide funding to other cities and towns so they too can benefit from the program. The scheme applies to the facades of buildings that can be seen from communal spaces and involves, among other things, the removal of exterior air-conditioning units, TV aerials, satellite dishes and billboards. Money will also be allocated for the planting of trees and bushes.