The mayor of Paris has given a green light to a €250m (£225m) project of the Champs-Élysées. The project will turn the 1.9 km (1.2 mile) stretch of central Paris into “an extraordinary garden”.
The Champs-Élysées committee have been pushing for a major redesign of the avenue and its surroundings since 2018. Finally, it has been approved. They will turn the area into a large community garden. This includes reducing road space by half and turning it into green space. By doing so it will also reduce the amount of pollution generated by the eight-lane highway.
The committee said in a statement welcoming Hidalgo’s announcement, “The legendary avenue has lost its splendour 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,”
“It’s often called the world’s most beautiful avenue, but those of us who work here every day are not at all sure about that,” Jean-Noël Reinhardt, the committee president said in 2019.
“The Champs-Élysées has more and more visitors and big-name businesses battle to be on it, but to French people it’s looking worn out.”
The project will cost an estimated €250m and is set to begin after Paris hosts the 2024 Summer Olympics.