- The Area of Metaxourgeio in Transition; Dynamics and Actorsí Tactics   click here to open paper content134 kb
by    Makrakis - Karachalios, Chrysostomos | xmakr@planet.gr   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
Short Outline
The area of Metaxourgeio, in the centre of Athens, is in transition. The report seeks to reveal the direction that this central area is heading to and to set a bundle of principles for the regeneration of the area.
Abstract
The area of Metaxourgeio is located adjacent to Omonoia Square, literally in the centre of Athens. It used to be a labor neighborhood with many industries mixed with working class residences. The area experienced a heavy deindustrialization, especially during the 1970ís, due to the flee or closure of industries. This was accompanied by the decrease and ageing of the local population. Immigrants from all over the world came to replace the previous tenants in the 1990ís. Nowadays, the area is again in transition.
The present report is the result of a study that took place during the course of Urban Planning in the framework of the MSc in Urban and Regional Planning at the National Technical University of Athens. It seeks to reveal the direction that this central area is heading to and to set a bundle of principles for the regeneration of the area. In doing so, it traces the changes of land uses during the last 15 years. Furthermore, it examines, in brief, the tactics of the state, as well as the real estate market, by focusing on specific cases, such as the recent design and construction of the areaís central square and a big firmís housing project that is about to commence. It states that the tactics upheld by the state and the real estate market tend to alter the current socio-economic conditions of the area and they have to be more inclusive with respect to the inhabitants of the area.
Keywords
deindustrialization, decline, transition
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