“Agora Athens” – a project which will transform the city

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The city of Athens, led by mayor Kostas Bakoyannis, is undergoing a major project of renovating and redesigning the city’s commercial and tourist center around the popular Monastiraki and Plaka districts.

Athens City Council has approved the launch of an open competition for this project which is named “Agora Athens” and is happening under the collaboration with the Athens Chamber of Tradesmen and the Athens Development & Destination Management Agency.

This big project also follows the launch of renovation activities at Varvakios market, which is the Greek capital’s central market. The  Varvakios market renovations are already being undergone and its upgrade has been a long-standing demand of both professionals and consumers.

The project is named after the Greek’s iconic district Agora which was a central public space in ancient Greek city-states. It represented the center of the athletic, artistic, business, social, spiritual, and political life in the ancient city of Athens.

The main purpose of this project is to transform this area into an open commercial center which will further boost shopping and tourist activity in the city. The project will also open up many new employment opportunities for the citizens.

“The project is part of an organized effort to support and upgrade the city’s commercial center. We’ve joined forces to highlight the dynamics of these two historic Athens neighborhoods, which attract millions of visitors all year round. This project aims to stimulate the commercial market, enhance employment, but also revitalize the area with innovative interventions which for many years were a request by professionals”, said mayor of Athens Kostas Bakoyannis.

Agora Athens project also includes many shop upgrades, architectural improvement and road works from which the city will have many benefits.

“It is certain that small and medium entrepreneurship will be supported, the historic commercial center will be upgraded and it will contribute to the increase in city tourism”, said EEA President Ioannis Hadjitheodosiou. (photo credit: Municipality of Athens)