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athens metro

ONE of the most upbeat and functional aspects of city life in Athens despite the downbeat crisis Greece has been facing for far too long is the growing urban metro system. When it first opened to the public, sparkling and polished, strewn with beautiful, sophisticated art (and stunning ancient ruins and even a still-running Ilissos river in Monastiraki station) everyone was impressed and excited, but also worried that it’s great appeal wouldn’t last. ‘It’ll get dirty, and unkempt and sad,’ we all assumed (take a look at the state of the 2004 Olympic venues today and you’ll quickly understand where we were coming from). Ever since  my first  interview with Attiko Metro when the system first started running I was personally very proud that my city could produce such an impressive transportation system, especially after visiting so many run-down, dirty, smelly and dodgy metro stations in otherwise exemplary cities such as London and Rome. The sense of pride continues to ride high today, as it has remained beautiful, clean, shiny and above all, functional.         There is a constant addition of new extensions and lines …