Well over two thousand people sent formal objections to the Reykjavik city council’s current plans to build a five story hotel at Vallarstræti Street, according to visir.is. The plan entails moving two buildings across the street and into the adjacent Ingólfstorg Square. Also, Reykjavik’s main concert venue Nasa will be demolished.
Ingólfstorg Square. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Also, over ten thousand people have joined a Facebook group, founded in support of the cause. In the past days, the group has ardently fought the pending changes.
Many have also signed petitions, available at many shops and businesses surrounding Ingólfstorg Square. Yesterday, the protest organizers met with City Council official Júlíus Vífill Ingvarsson, formally presenting him with the request to abandon the current land-use plan. Among protestors is Icelandic pop star Páll Óskar.
Protestors symbolically spelled the word LÍF (life) out in fragrant grass, emphasizing the wishes of the citizens of Reykjavik, for more life in the city instead of concrete hotels, with ensuing heavy traffic.