Museum faces parking pickle

A senior official of the capital’s Acropolis Museum yesterday expressed his opposition to pedestrianized Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, which leads to the museum, being turned into a makeshift car park on nights that the museum’s restaurant hosts large functions after dozens of vehicles crammed the walkway at a dinner hosted by US art dealer Larry Gagosian last Thursday. «Traffic police should issue tickets for traffic offenders in such situations and, if that didn’t happen last Thursday, then maybe there had been some kind of agreement made in advance,» Nikolaos Damalitis told Kathimerini. «In any case, this is something we disapprove of,» he added. There are fears that the new museum will suffer the same problems as the Athens Concert Hall, which also lacks a car park, resulting in vehicles being double-parked along the sidewalk of Vassilissis Sofias Avenue on many show nights.