Paris to Turn Champs-Élysées into ‘Extraordinary Garden’

The Mayor of Paris has announced its intention to turn the Champs-Élysées into a very beautiful avenue. A…

The Mayor of Paris has announced its intention to turn the Champs-Élysées into a very beautiful avenue. A sum of €250m (£225m) will be used to transform the Champs-Élysées will go ahead, although this project will not occur before Paris hosts the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Anne Hidalgo revealed that this huge project would transform the 1.9 km (1.2 miles) avenue into “an extraordinary garden.” The Champs-Élysées committee has been campaigning for the transformation of the avenue since 2018.

The legendary avenue has lost its splendor 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.

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More big-name businesses and visitors battle to be on the Champs-Élysées, however, the French people see the avenue as an old looking building. The committee consulted the public over what they can do to this avenue. It drew up plans to reduce space for vehicles, create trees to enhance air quality, and turn roads into pedestrian.

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The Champs-Élysées’ means Elysian Fields. The avenue was a mixture of swamp and kitchen gardens before. The avenue has become popular for its expensive luxury shops, quality car salesrooms cafes, and annual Bastille Day military parade.

Before the pandemic stopped international tourism, the architect Philippe Chiambaretta designed the makeover plans and estimated 100,000 pedestrians on the avenue per day. 72% out of this 100,000 are pedestrians while 22 percent work in the avenue.

These plans include redesigning the popular Place de la Concorde which is the largest place in Paris.  This project should be completed before the Olympic Games. The purpose is to turn the Champs-Élysées into a beautiful avenue by 2030.

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