Paris’ Champs-Elysées to undergo a major green transformation

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The Champs-Elysées, one of Paris’ most famous and iconic landmarks, is set to undergo a massive green transformation in preparation for the 2024 Olympics that will take place in the French capital.

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo stated on social media: ‘’Between now and 2024, we will embellish the most beautiful avenue in the world by adapting it to new challenges and returning it to Parisians and all those who love our city.’’

Connecting Arc de Triomphe with the Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Élysées is almost 2 kilometres long and is considered the most beautiful avenue in Paris.

Despite its status of one of the world’s most famous streets, the Champs-Elysées became notorious for heavy traffic and luxury retailers in the recent history, which is why the French capital’s officials are now looking to make the street greener and more pedestrian-friendly.

‘’We will first make Place Charles de Gaulle breathe. By 2024, we will widen the central space around the Arc de Triomphe to make more room for pedestrians. To better enhance this historic monument, we will renovate the various elements of street furniture,’’ Mayor Hidalgo further stated.

‘’The most beautiful avenue in the world will also have the most beautiful gardens in the world! By 2024, we will renovate them with more than 15,000 m² of new plantings, 7,000 m² of roads transformed into garden paths and more than 100 new trees,’’ she continued.

According to Euronews, the reconstruction works will be carried out in two stages. Emmanuel Grégoire, Paris’ first deputy mayor, said that the works to transform the area into a green oasis will begin “in just a few weeks” time. Architect Philippe Chiambaretta and his firm PCA-STREAM are responsible for this major urban transformation project. (photo credit: Rodrigo Kugnharski/Unsplash)