German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung refers to Thessaloniki’s renovated waterfront, noting that the city’s inhabitants are re-learning their city and falling in love with it again.
More than three kilometers of waterfront is now available for strolls, jogging, biking and a variety of other activities, the article says, while mentioning that it cost 35 million euros, and was co-funded by the EU.
The newspaper quotes architect Prodromos Nikiforidis who along with colleague Bernard Cuomounder took the renovation project: “Thessaloniki citizens act as tourists and are rediscovering their city. We have learned to live in cities we don’t love. Now, in Thessaloniki, Greece, we are given the chance to love our city again and change our lives. In a time of crisis, like today, this is very important.” At this time, the waterfront is the largest public space in the city, and tens of thousands thronged to the inauguration, celebrating the renovation of their city.
Recently, the citizens of Thessaloniki were happy to hear that the Municipality decided to proceed with the pedestrianization of Agia Sophia street, one of the busiest streets in the city’s centre. Unfortunately, what they meant was a pilot pedestrianization, with only a few flower beds and benches. At the same time, an architectural competition began for the regeneration of the axis of Agia Sophia street. This proved how a crowded street, inundated with parked cars, could transform in order to allow the Agia Sophia Cathedral to stand out while contributing to the functional, aesthetic and environmental improvement of the whole area.