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Seafront and Psyrri failures

Some projects that started with the most auspicious omens never achieved their aims, sometimes even worsening the conditions they were intended to improve. Psyrri was handed over without a fight to nightlife and the regeneration of the Faliron seafront remains incomplete. Psyrri. «Some roads and buildings were spruced up,» explained Kosmaki, «but there was a big clash over land use. There was no control over entertainment outlets, which displaced residences and the art studios that had moved there as well as the few remaining traditional workshops.» Faliron seafront. «Many things were done quickly for the Olympics to meet needs as they were perceived at the time,» said Kosmaki, «but many ambitious projects were abandoned in the process. A classic example is Faliron Bay, where the study was never implemented. I doubt that the isolated Olympic venues will ever function; people shun the area. There should have been an overall regeneration of Faliron and Moschato; instead the area has ended up being cut off and abandoned. I wonder whether the situation will ever be turned around.»