Athens Essay

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Athens



When Athens became the capital of the new kingdom of Greece in 1833, it was a small town
of Turkish-style houses clustered at the foot of the Acropolis. Beginning in the 1950’s,
much of old Athens was demolished to make room for modern buildings. The movement of
large numbers of people into the capital from rural areas has caused conjestion. This
large mass of people as well as the geographical location of Athens has brought along
tremendous pollution. "In a list of the twenty largest and dirtiest cities in the world,
Athens is ranked at the top." (WEB, 1) The most interesting aspect of the Athenian
society is the pollution due to differerent ideas and stadegies of dealing with the issue.

The many automobiles, especially taxis, cause air pollution that threatens the ancient monuments.



"The number of cars in Greater Athens has almost doubled between 1981 and 1990." (WEB, 1)
The government is continuing to help decrease the lead and carbon monoxide levels in the
air. Athens has initiated a permanent ban for the city centre this summer, in an effort
to reduce the city’s high levels of smog and its associated health risks.


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