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”Another” world in Neos Kosmos district

”Another” world in Neos Kosmos district

What you come across first off Siggrou Ave. and Kallirois junction is this ”peculiar” fence and just behind one of a series of vast apartment flats, the color of ocher. In the front, a small pond – swimming pool (empty, of course …), some trees as a background.

Rolling down the avenue, first stop next to the immense under reconstruction once-upon-a-time famous FIX brewery, you are to cross the underpass. And there you are into another world. New World (Neos Kosmos to make a pun)

From now on, forget of cars and the hustle of the city nearby,  people’s facial gestures are a new sense, leave behind any hope to follow the Greek idiom and prepare to be captured by those spicy oriental scents. The only thing to remind that you are a fool to believe you have escaped civilization being the gigantic buildings of Piraeus Bank and Hotel Intercontinental, that really “dominate” the landscape.

Streets and residents are under foreign names in the region
Damn coincidence. Dumont, Descartes, Strongonof, Fr. Smith Finley, Mower, Delacroix, and so on. Ahmed, Aisha …

Starting off the streets next to the Avenue. Strongonof, Dumont, Descartes str. Old-fashioned vs stylish stretches of blocks of flats, most facades disguised by textiles promoting the city of Athens. Decorated balconies here and there, satellite TV antennas. Wide open entrances to the blocks  and bicycles parked up the stairs. And among the blocks of flats, lawns of pine trees and citrus spiny shrubs. Lawns that have escaped -thanks God- the long arm of any Mayor …

Wander about a bit, without a map, the intricate expanse of ”architecture for the masses” and then cross vertically Lagoumitzi str. to get to the second group of apartment blocks, located behind the church of Agios Sostis. Small kitchens, colorful graffiti on the walls, elderly people taking their afternoon stroll and “gangs” of young cyclists.

Turn left onto Evrydamantos str. and again left at next intersection You are to come across the edifice of Neos Kosmos multiplex, where a lot of forfree thrilling festivities are taking place.

When darkness falls, neighborhoods are looking a bit gloomy. They may seem intimidating but you got to find out.
People keep to breathe the same way you’ve got to know them before dusk.
Step into their world, discreetly and in a benevolent manner. Make their world, your world, our world.

 

Neos Kosmos & Ag. Sostis

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