A problem in the 5th district reveals the truth about traffic

A problem in the 5th district reveals the truth about traffic
A problem in the 5th district reveals the truth about traffic

In Thessaloniki for decades everyone agrees that the biggest problem in the daily operation of the city is traffic

In all the cities there are the featured areas, which often become a point of reference. Such as there are the degraded areas, which fuel discussions around social and environmental problems. There are also the “intermediate” areas, which are the majority, but the public dialogue’s interest in them is relatively limited. Not quite flashy enough to land them on lifestyle shows, but not problems so big as to earn them the prime spot on a national television newscast, these areas have their quirks. Mainly, that their functionality is largely determined by the high density of the buildings and the population they host. An environment that in itself is a basis for serious issues, which, because they are not directly included in the criminal code or are not precisely characterized as environmental crimes, are simply “digested” by the everyday life of residents and local authorities.

In Thessaloniki – for example – for decades everyone agrees that the biggest problem in the daily operation of the city is traffic. In fact, it is probably the extremely aggravating absence of parking spaces, which spills over into the streets and translates into a movement problem, thus traffic. Therefore, when a discussion of this nature takes place, it usually focuses on the main main streets (Tsimiski, Egnatia, Nikis avenue) and their offshoots. For many reasons, the increased interest in the center of Thessaloniki is justified, since it is the point of reference and the showcase of the city, where not only half of the residents of Thessaloniki pass every day, but also all visitors to the city, regardless of whether the reason for the visit for them it is business or tourist. Also, when the discussion comes to car traffic, the Ring Road enters the equation, which indeed “lifts” a very large part of the load. To such an extent that we say today that without the Regional, Thessaloniki does not… exist.

So, while all this is true, there is very little interest recorded in the dramatic situation that prevails in the streets of the 5th District of the municipality of Thessaloniki, which starts from the City Hall and reaches the outskirts of Pylaia. Trying to get around in the afternoon in an imaginary block roughly defined by Lambraki Street in the north, Nea Paralia in the south, 3rd of September Street in the west and the Papandreou statue in the east will probably prove more difficult than crossing the Tsimiski in the morning or Nikis in the early afternoon. Especially on the smaller roads in this area the situation is out of control. If one moves through Delphi and Macedonia or the vertical axes of March, Petrou Syndikas, Botsari and Kallidopoulos, one finds that the only places where there are no double-parked cars are those of Botsari, where orange stakes have been placed on the dividing line, through which illegal parking is practically excluded. Expressions such as “The nightmare on the road with… double-triple-parked cars” and “March martyrdom” circulating in the area are indicative of the mocking way in which the residents deal with the situation. Especially since this is an area with limited street policing. On the other hand, the Municipal Police, when they appear, mainly deal with those who have parked in legal spaces, but have not paid the parking meter, and the traffic police are just passing by.

The desperate situation that prevails on the streets of the 5th District of the municipality of Thessaloniki, in the central-eastern region of the cityrather leads to the conclusion that the Thessaloniki’s general traffic problem is incurable and therefore permanent. In one year from today we will enter the final straight of the self-governing elections, fermentation is already taking place. From what is heard, once again the candidates for the position of the first citizen in Thessaloniki will be many, including the current mayor Konstantinos Zervas. And apparently all of them mean well. A request could be during the pre-election debate and confrontation to exclude this issue from the agenda. Don’t even touch it. This is a problem that no one wants to solve. Perhaps no one can solve… Citizens are well aware of this truth, this reality. But which candidate for mayor will admit that he does not want to or that he cannot?


The article is in Greek

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