Mayor of Paris gives the green light to transform Champs-Élysées into an “extraordinary garden”

The most famous boulevard in Paris, the Champs-Élysées, will be given a makeover worth 250 million euros. The plan? More green and king’s car dethroned.

“An extraordinary garden.” For example, Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, described the renewal plans for the world-famous avenue in her city in an interview with the Journal Du Dimanche.

The committee responsible for the major redevelopment of the Champs-Élysées has been working on the plan since 2018. Mayor Hidalgo has now also given the green light: first will be the Place de la Concorde and the avenue itself will not be transformed until after the Olympic Games in 2024.

Luster lost

“The mythical avenue has lost its luster over the past thirty years,” the local committee said in response to Hidalgo’s announcement. “She was abandoned little by little by the Parisians and then went through several crises: the gilets jaunes, the health crisis and the economic crisis. ”

An image of the architectural firm PCA-Stream with the planned changes to the Champs-Élysées. Photo: PCA-Stream

The committee held a public consultation on what should be done with the avenue. The space for vehicles will be halved and space will be made for more tunnels, vulnerable road users and more greenery to improve air quality. The makeover is estimated at 250 million euros.

Declaration of war on pollution in Paris

To reduce air pollution in the French capital, Mayor Hidalgo decided in 2016 to make the Champs-Élysées car-free once a month. The city council then also called Operation “Paris respire“(” Paris breathes “) in life, making 13 tourist zones car-free on Sundays and public holidays.

In 2018, Hidalgo once again declared war on pollution in her city by bundling ideas in a book: “Respirer”. “Diesel and particulate matter are the asbestos of the 21st century,” she wrote. “It is the third cause of death after alcohol and tobacco. It’s about the future of Paris and the health of us and our children. That’s why I will never give up. ”

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