There's nothing quite like dining at an outdoor restaurant and, thankfully for locals and tourists alike, officials in Athens have lifted a ban on outdoor dining in certain areas. In fact, a movement to beautify the city overall is underway and hopefully the city can thrive yet again.
In a bid to revive life into the city, Athens is going to allow chairs, tables and umbrellas in squares to help restaurants and businesses get customers and improve the aesthetics of the areas.
That includes Omonia, a haven for immigrants, drug users, criminals and which has deteriorated into a dirty, grimy concrete plaza filled with constant traffic and inhospitable to pedestrians, shoppers and diners.
Other areas which the city hopes to transform include Victoria Square, and Kotzia Square outside City Hall with the aim of making them meeting places for entertainment, concerts, games, cultural events and other uses. The city also plans to add benches and create desperately-needed green spaces to soften the concrete jungle settings.
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