RE INVEST; RE USE; RE STORE
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Youth unemployment in Greece is devastating an entire generation and dramatically altering life. The catastrophic failure of global economics has led to more and more consumption, but without the demand needed to sustain its levels in Athens. This catastrophe has been especially apparent in Greece, and the youth of the nation are paying the highest price. Poor waste management is just another daily fact for many in Greece, but it leads to vast illegal landfills and leaching waste sites, as well as an unattractive and depressing urban landscape. The urban fabric of Metaxourgeio is decaying, and metro wide storm water management is lacking. Corruption plays heavily into many of these problems, and creating a transparent, open institution is crucial. By reinvigorating an old working-class neighborhood now home to many young people and immigrants in the heart of the city, hope and opportunity can be made. By creating local economies through community recycling and upcycling, the neighborhood will be engaged and prosper, while a startup innovation center will spark ingenuity and focus, and foster opportunity in the younger generation, routed in the potential of Metaxourgeio. Reclaiming public space for public use and focusing on green spaces will enrich and enliven the community.