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Reykjavík Mayor to Improve Situation of City Center

Reykjavík Mayor Ólafur F. Magnússon has announced that he will improve the situation of old buildings in the city center, many of which are deteriorating and have become drug dens. The mayor said the current situation is unacceptable.

“Safety in the city center and the renovation of Laugavegur is very important to me,” Magnússon told Fréttabladid. “I promise that these issues will be on the agenda in the near future. […] This unacceptable situation is has been inherited from the former coalition majority, which we [the new majority] intend to improve.”

Clock maker Frank Michelsen left the board of the Reykjavík City Center Association on Saturday due to his dissatisfaction with how city authorities are handling things in downtown Reykjavík.

“Homeless people, drunks and drug addicts are ganging up, harassing pedestrians and bothering merchants, frightening them and stealing their products. It is totally unacceptable,” Michelsen said in a statement.

“I realize how serious this situation has become and I intend to respond to it. I think both discussions within and proposals issued by the city council in the near future will bear witness to that,” Mayor Magnússon said.

“It is clear that those cities who were able to combine history and development in their city centers are more successful long-term,” the mayor added. “You will see that after two years the situation of downtown Reykjavík will have changed for the better and especially on Laugavegur. That I promise.”

Click here to read a statement from the house preservation society Torfusamtökin on the situation of buildings in central Reykjavík.

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