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Eerie Night Silence  in Tehran’s Core Districts
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Eerie Night Silence in Tehran’s Core Districts

Tehran’s districts 6, 7, 11 and 12 are the core areas of the capital; however only 13% of the city’s population of 8.17 million resides in the four central districts.
Currently 250,000 people live there, while the average number of residents in central districts is usually between 400,000 and 500,000, reports Donya-e-Eqtesad.
Official statistics indicate that between the years 2011-2013, due to the change in use of residential buildings to commercial and office space, the population in central districts has declined significantly.
Statistics from the Building and Housing Research Center of the Tehran City Council indicate that the rate of conversion to commercial use in the central districts has increased by 55% in recent years.
With most of the buildings used as offices and for commercial purposes, it has caused heavy traffic congestion in the areas during the daytime. But at night, after employees return home from work, and the hustle and bustle of the daytime disappears, an eerie silence falls, turning the districts into an opportune place for criminal activities.

 Revitalizing Plan
Meanwhile, the Tehran Urban Management Organization has a plan dubbed ‘Revitalizing Downtown Districts’ on its agenda, comprising several phases including, study and research.
The plan aims to help prevent ‘population displacement’ in areas between Hemmat, Chamran, Imam Ali (AS) and Be’sat Highways, by increasing the number of parks and entertainment facilities. Some of the main streets located in the districts include Enqelab, Ferdowsi, Haft-e tir and Sohrevardi.  
The organization also aims to maintain the status quo of the remaining residential buildings by “making it brighter and safer during night time.”
Similar ‘Down Town’ plans implemented in many countries across the world, have proved successful.

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