If the Minister of the Envrionment wants to make a real difference to Athens city center, I would suggest she gets together with the Mayor of Athens (the present one has not been heard of since elections), and the Athens Police Chief, to take immediate and sustained action to deal with street traders, most of whom are illegal immigrants.
On Sunday evening I was walking past the Academy and National Library, and was shocked by what I found: one could only walk in single file, as it has been turned into a third world country market. People could not pass easily, they could not get to metro and bus stops, one had to walk over the wares spread out on ground by illegal traders.
I was so angry and frustrated that this is allowed to happen. One of the major streets and beautiful locations has been turned into a bazzar
It is the same on the walkway at Kavouri beach and outside the Dafni metro station.
Where are the police, local officials, I suggest I take the Minister for a walk around Athens, and she can see for herself, and start there with her major city center facelift.
It is time for Athenians to take back our City.