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Majority Wants Old Houses in Reykjavík Torn Down

According to an opinion poll undertaken by Fréttabladid newspaper yesterday, the majority of Reykjavík residents, 72.4 percent, would like to demolish the old houses on Laugavegur 4 to 6 and replace them with modern buildings.

The majority of those, 41.5 percent, would however like the new buildings to be constructed according to other plans that would coincide better with the current street image of Laugavegur, Reykjavík’s main shopping street, Fréttabladid reports.

The rest, 30.9 percent, agree with the existing plans of constructing a four-storey hotel and shopping mall.

Only 27.6 percent of participants in the poll said they would like to preserve the houses and renovate them in their original image and location as proposed by the House Preservation Society yesterday.

Minister of Education Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir has the authority to do so although the owner of the lots, holding company Kaupangur, has been given permission to demolish the houses and construct a hotel and shopping facility.

Fréttabladid called 600 individuals living in Reykjavík randomly chosen from the National Registry and 79.8 percent participated in the poll.

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Pictures of how Laugavegur 4 (top) to 6 (bottom) looked like originally, courtesy of House Preservation Society Torfusamtökin.

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