The he­roes bet­ting on Athens

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY NIKOS VATOPOULOS

sup­port and un­der­stand­ing to the Elec­tra Me­trop­o­lis on Mitropoleos Street. Th­ese are the he­roes of an un­even bat­tle, from which they will come out as win­ners, though. How­ever, there re­mains the huge is­sue of the dif­fer­ent forces at play, so­cial ac­cep­tance, in­sti­tu­tional ad­e­quacy and eco­nomic coun­ter­in­cen­tives. If you take a walk around the ar­eas in which the three ho­tels are lo­cated, this be­comes clear. Let’s say you start your walk at Thi­seio train sta­tion, head up Adri­anou Street, past the An­cient Agora, to Mona­s­ti­raki, then onto Pan­drosou Street and the square in front of the Metropoli­tan Cathe­dral, up to Syn­tagma, down Sta­diou Street to Omo­nia, and from there along Aghiou Con­stanti­nou Street to Karaiskaki Square. It doesn’t take a lot of imag­i­na­tion or much ex­pe­ri­ence to re­al­ize that this walk, right in the cen­ter of down­town Athens, re­veals a city that is filthy and de­jected. Un­for­tu­nately, eco­nomic mis­ery has wrapped it­self around the city like a sec­ond skin and so­ci­ety ap­pears frozen, un­able to fight this phe­nom­e­non. The gov­ern­ment has suc­ceeded in pro­ject­ing the en­tirety of our eco­nomic, so­cial and morale de­cline on the cap­i­tal. For ex­am­ple, new sou­vlaki joints have popped up on Er­mou Street near Syn­tagma and on Ko­rai Square right across the street from the

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