Forces that grind us

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY MARIA KATSOUNAKI

lems that seem un­solv­able, stuck in the same quag­mire of un­will­ing­ness, ig­no­rance and ag­gres­sive in­dif­fer­ence to­ward any­thing that may fall into the broader cat­e­gory of the pub­lic in­ter­est. For ex­am­ple, re­cent in­for­ma­tion from the City of Athens in­di­cates that after many, many ad­ven­tures, the her­alded re­open­ing of two his­toric cin­e­mas, the At­tiko and Apollo, which ap­peared to be pro­gress­ing so well, will be frozen once more. The mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­ity is not to blame for the lat­est set­back. Any­thing but. The prob­lems this time around stem from petty in­ter­ests and ide­o­log­i­cal ob­ses­sions. The two movie the­aters are not the only ex- am­ples of how much is wrong, even on the low­est scale, even though their con­tri­bu­tion to the over­all ap­pear­ance of the cap­i­tal’s city cen­ter is very im­por­tant. They are but two of many signs that there is no place for beau­ti­ful, proper and ex­cel­lent things in this coun­try, whether these are cin­e­mas, new pub­lic garbage cans, the op­er­a­tion of a cre­ma­to­rium or even the de­vel­op­ment of the for­mer in­ter­na­tional air­port plot on Athens’s south­ern coast at Elliniko. These are all dif­fer­ent is­sues that af­fect dif­fer­ent groups of the pop­u­la­tion, yet they have all come up against pri­vate in­ter­ests, against a nar­row mi­cro­cosm that prop­a­gates zero cohe-

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