OPINION

Minister should take a walk around Athens to get ideas for revamp

If the environment minister wants to make a real difference to the center of Athens, I would suggest she gets together with the mayor of Athens 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 stations 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 bazaar. It is the same on the walkway at Kavouri beach and outside Dafni metro station. Where are the police and 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 we Athenians to take back our city. ALEXANDROS DEARGES-CHANTLER Glyfada Athens