Paris -Mayor Anne Hidalgo (Anne Hidalgo) confirmed that ambitious plans are still under discussion, which will transform the Champs Elysées in Paris, an iconic street in the heart of the French capital. Her initiative will result in fewer avenues, fewer lanes, more space for pedestrians, and more greenery.
The Champs Elysées is usually known as the “most beautiful street in the world”. It has been around for thirty years without major repairs. Many Parisians think it looks tired and less refined than before.
Once home to avid car showrooms and top fashion houses, the streets are now full of expensive cafes, large chain stores and many fast food restaurants. Locals complain about the noise and pollution caused by relentless traffic, because the eight-lane, 1.2-mile-long avenue is still the main artery that runs through the city. Even the garden at the end near the Place de la Concorde does not seem to be fully utilized.
The local business leaders committee on the Champs Elysées has been working hard to reform for many years. In 2018, the committee tasked the architect PCA-Stream to formulate plans for the avenue and surrounding areas, including the Arc de Triomphe and the two ends of the Place de la Concorde. Hidalgo agreed last year to include the plan in her re-election declaration.
She confirmed in extensive interviews with French newspapers that in the next few years, there is still a great need to renovate the avenue. Sunday newspaper, on Sunday. The committee quickly responded to this news.
The committee stated in a statement that the avenue “has lost its glory in the past 30 years… it has been gradually abandoned by the Parisians and has suffered several crises:, Strikes, pandemics, economic crises, etc. “
The budget of the entire project is as high as 305 million US dollars, but this huge change will not happen immediately. Hidalgo said that the reconstruction of the Place de la Concorde will be carried out in the next few years, but the reconstruction of the Champs Elysées will have to wait until 2025.
This is partly because Paris must first complete the ambitious plans already underway to enable the city to host the 2024 Olympics.
Although these plans have been scaled back due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the city is already undergoing renovations, reconstruction and alterations, including not only sports facilities, but also roads and transportation systems, as well as links to the nearby suburbs of La Défense. Saint Denis to the west and Saint Denis to the north. It will be the headquarters for all administrative tasks of the Olympic Games.
“We will redo the Plaza de la Concorde before the Olympic Games and then reorganize the avenue; [another] An extraordinary garden,” Hidalgo told the newspaper over the weekend.