How cities change: the Champs-Élysées will be a huge green park


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The Champs-Élysées they are about to completely change to become the green (and even more chic) ​​heart of Paris. The mayor just announced it Anne Hidalgo illustrating the details of a restyling project of 250 million euros entrusted to PCA-Stream Studio, which will transform the iconic 1.9 kilometer thoroughfare that connects Place de la Concorde with the Arc de Triomphe, into a “Extraordinary garden”.

A piece of news that Parisians have been waiting for for a long time: the Champs-Élysées, the most famous street in Paris and one of the most famous in the world for its boutiques, grand hotels, trendy cafes, have stopped being theirs.

According to research done PCA-Stream gods An estimated 100,000 pedestrians every day on the boulevard before the pandemic 72% were tourists and 22% workers, then in passing. The intent, therefore, is to give a completely new face to the road to bring Paris back to the heart of Paris, with everything you need to spend your free time, and live better.

For this reason, the first big change will concern cars: on the new Champs-Élysées vehicles will be reduced by half, because much of the road (there are eight lanes) will be converted into “planted lounges” for pedestrians. The avenues will also be framed by new trees that will also serve to improve air quality in the area, which is particularly polluted (an average of three thousand vehicles pass by it per hour). Furthermore, every corner will be redesigned to make this iconic area “ecological, desirable and inclusive,” as Philippe Chiambaretta of PCA said. For example with large green areas where Parisians, but also tourists, can stop for picnics, and then with parks where children can play and adults relax.

The project will be carried out after the 2024 Olympics, hosted by Paris, and will be one of the many in the pipeline as part of the «Reinventing Paris» campaign. Among these also the complete transformation of the Eiffel Tower in a green hub. In the coming weeks, the City of Paris is expected to reveal more details. In the gallery above the renderings of the new Champs-Élysées by PCA-Stream Studio

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