Paris's Avenue des Champs-Élysées To Get A Green Makeover

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The €250m will transform the Champs-Élysées into a beautiful garden (Credit: PcaStream)

The Champs-Élysées is an iconic Paris landmark. It connects the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde. The 1.2-mile (1.9km) tree-lined avenue was once a popular place for locals to walk and picnic. However, it is now a tourist hotspot, filled with expensive cafes and designer shops.

The "most beautiful avenue in the world" has also fallen into disrepair. The pavements are cracked and the once-lush trees are struggling to survive. The pollution from the 64,000 cars that pass through daily, surpasses that of Paris's busiest highways.

The area around the Arc de Triomphe will be closed to all traffic (Credit: PcaStream)

But if Paris's mayor, Anne Hidalgo, has her way, Champs-Élysées will soon be restored to its former glory. Her ambitious $250 million initiative aims to transform the iconic street into "a beautiful garden." The project's first goal is to bring down the pollution by reducing the avenue's eight car lanes to just four. They will be replaced with trees and bike lanes. From 2030, only electric vehicles will be allowed on the Champs-Élysées.

The area around the Place de La Concorde will be renovated before the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics (Credit: PcaStream)

The Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe will also be redesigned. Both areas will be closed off to cars and lined with trees and wide pedestrian streets. The transformation of the Place de la Concorde — the city's largest public square — will be completed in time for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. The rest of the project will be done by 2030.



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  • cutepinklover
    cutepinkloverabout 2 months
    I went to Paris when I was 3 on a business trip with my mom
    • jonathanvargas
      • playbasketball
        So pretty
        • newsmp
          newsmp7 months
          • dog88
            dog889 months
            go Mayor
            • after
              after9 months
              • thipinparis314
                I hope it goes well
                • wolfgangkozuch1
                  wouldn't reducing an 8-car lane into a 4-car lane just be worse with traffic? Even though there are fewer lanes, it doesn't mean that people would disappear. It would just up the traffic and accidents. And what if people don't have electric vehicles or bikes, then are they going to have to walk? What if somebody physically can't walk or bike and can't afford an electric car but want to go to Champs-Élysées?
                  • ayahoya
                    ayahoya5 months
                    But the thing is that this is that they're trying to lessen air pollution and have more green in the world, not to lessen or increase traffic. I think this would be good enough for the environment that it cancels out the cons/negatives of more traffic in these lanes.
                    • vanessa5
                      vanessa57 months
                      Thank you for mentioning this!! Reducing an 8-car lane into a 4-car lane won't remove the cars in the 4 lanes that are being removed. It'll just make traffic worse.
                    • hades13
                      hades1310 months
                      That's a big change.
                      • eddsworldfan11