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New Emphasis in House Protection

The newly chosen mayor candidate for the Independence party in Reykjavík city council, Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir wants to introduce new ways in thinking in house protection.

Projection of houses in Reykjavík has been a major issue for the last two years. Old houses in the city center have been demolished to make way for newer, larger and more modern houses. It has raised the question among the residents of Reykjavík about the values of old houses and whether it is preferable to keep the oldest houses of Reykjavík.

Kristjánsdóttir has already said that she would work according to the pact the Independence party made with the Liberal party when the two parties agreed on sheering the office of mayor, but she wants to introduce new ways in thinking about house protection. “I think we should re-channel our ways of thinking about house protection. Instead of focusing on single houses we should focus on certain neighborhoods and city parts and speak of city protection instead of house protection,” Kristjánsdóttir told Fréttabladid.

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir will become the mayor of Reykjavík in March 2008. She has the difficult task of leading the Independence party through elections as well as re-gaining the trust of voters, but the Independence party’s rate of populatiry is at an all-time low, according to latest polls.

Kristjánsdóttir is well aware of the risk she is taking by taking office at such a crucial point in city politics. “I’m willing to take that risk and if we achieve better success in Reykjavík and for the people of Reykjavík. In order to be a good politician one has to take risks and I never thought of rejecting the role [of the mayor]” Kristjánsdóttir said.

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