The municipality of Athens is launching the next phase of its clean up campaign on Thursday by scrubbing up Aghias Irinis square, one of the capital's trendiest neighborhoods.
The municipality has been informing storekeepers and residents in the last few days of the clean up that will involve rubbing out graffiti, removing rubbish and taking back public spaces that have been illegally used by businesses, it said in a statement.
The effort is part of an initiative backed by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Bloomberg Associates to upgrade the city center in a bid to draw back residents, boost tourism and business activity.
The program has started to produce some impressive results after blocking off car traffic to a number of streets in the heart of the capital and handing over them to pedestrians. The project has also cut down on parking in the area and improving lighting.