Athens is Building the World’s Largest City Park
Hellenikon Metropolitan Park, Artist Rendering
Over 15 years ago, I visited Athens as a teenager on my first trip to Europe. I was on a high school tour of Italy and Greece. After seeing the gorgeous architecture and lively, pristine streets of Rome, Florence, Sorrento and Capri, lets just say Athens was disappointing (and that’s putting it mildly).
The Greek capital city was polluted, crowded and chaotic - and not that charming urban variety you might refer to when describing New York City or London. There was nowhere to go if you wanted to escape the crush of traffic, crowds and noise that come with living in a dense city.
In fact, my most vivid memory of Athens is standing atop the Acropolis and looking out at a smoggy sea of white buildings without a single tree or green space in sight.
Athens, Greece: not a tree on the horizon.