By Iera Odos, Markoni district, Orfeos and Agias Annis, Votanikos

vg b190 bw 25 str 2002 on the road at orfeos

vg b190 bw 20 str 2002 on the road at orfeos

vg b190 bw 16 str 2002 on the road at orfeos

vg b190 bw 14 str 2002 on the road at orfeos

vg b190 bw 13 str 2002 on the road at orfeos

vg b190 bw 12 str 2002 on the road at orfeos

vg b190 bw 09 str 2002 on the road at orfeos

vg b190 bw 08 str 2002 on the road at orfeos

vg b190 bw 05 str 2002 on the road at orfeos

vg b190 bw 01 str 2002 on the road at orfeos

 

These places are booming with life during the work day mornings  of the week. But even before the crisis this district looked bombed, if you looked closely, walking instead of driving,  with closed factories and shut down businesses. Only the few homes there looked alive in the afternoons and on weekends, like going back in the 50ies. They had plans to “revive” the district by building a football stadium and a mall and many other facilities. It was easier and more profitable than taking care of the people and owners there.  They simply let the district slip into chaos and ramble in order to buy it for peanuts to fulfill their nice “revival” plans.

 

16 thoughts on “By Iera Odos, Markoni district, Orfeos and Agias Annis, Votanikos

  1. Really great but depressing photos, at the same time very coherent. A perfect documentation. Perhaps the beginning of a misguided city planning. There are foreign investors who determine the implementation and not the need or the necessary ideas.It’s a shame.

    • I love walking through such places, and I find them depressing only when I hear the plans behind them, not for the way they look. These places are somehow magical for a kid. And at the same time dangerous! And to think that this district is really very close to the center of Athens…

  2. What a big mess! Maybe this isn’t a good post to send this comment with, but I want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Not much to be thankful for in these photos, but I think you are often hopeful and thankful and that is the spirit of the holiday. No matter what nasty silly things people say about Thanksgiving, it is a meal with family and friends. So, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

    Elephant

    • Thank you so very much! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well! I do believe that when the family gathers around the table is one of the holier and nicer things in the world.

    • I like the term Ghost district! I even like the districts themselves, as an open urban museum of failure and war of interests. But then I think about the real cost, of human lives…

  3. Great photos -you have captured the spirit of the place. I always had a thing for this kind of deserted locations -they have this unreal quality, like the past and the future super-imposed somehow.

    • Thank you. These places just call out to be photographed. I guess few people care to see what they stand for. They just dismiss them. But if history is to be repeated, there you find the evidence of past and eventually future of Athens.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s