Champs-Élysées in Paris is all set to get a glossy, rejuvenating makeover. The world’s most iconic avenue will turn into an extraordinary urban garden that is greener, pedestrian-friendly and has improved air quality as well. The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo has agreed to grand £225 million plan for the project. This plan includes reducing space for vehicles by half and creating tunnels for trees. Read on to know more.
Champs-Élysées In Paris To Get A Dramatic Makeover With Urban Garden
According to The Guardian, The Champs-Élysées committee revealed in a statement, “The legendary avenue has lost its splendour during the last 30 years. It has been progressively abandoned by Parisians and has been hit by several successive crises: the gilets jaunes, strikes, health and economic.” The Mayor also expressed that on completion of this project, Champs-Élysées will transform into “an extraordinary garden”.
Pedestrian Friendly Pathways & Lush Greenery To Improve Air Quality Here
This project aims to turn the 1.2 mile stretch of Paris to an urban garden. Current space for parking vehicles will be reduced to make the garden more pedestrian-friendly. So, you can expect more greenery and better air quality. The popular Place de la Concorde is also known as a “municipal priority” will be redesigned. Hidalgo stated to Le Journal du Dimanche that this project will transform Paris as “before and after 2024”.
You can expect this dramatic makeover to be ready after 2024 when Paris shall host the host the Summer Olympics Games. The work on this project will be complete by 2030. Meanwhile, if you wish to tour Paris from the comfort of your home, here’s a fun video to keep the ball rolling.