The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has announced a €250 million plan to revamp one of the city’s most famous landmarks — The Champs-Elysées. Often referred as the most beautiful avenue in the world, the 1.9 km long avenue will be transformed into an ‘extraordinary garden’, offering a place of experience and contemplation for parisians and tourist alike.
The plans include the reduction of vehicles by half, transforming roads into green areas dedicated to pedestrians, and creating tunnels of trees that will help to improve the overall air quality of the area which is quite polluted.
Originally laid out in 1667 by André Le Nôtre as an extension of the tuileries garden, the parisian capital is really looking into bringing the Champs-Elysées into the 21st century while restoring its glory. Today it may be known as a polluted and congested consumerism site, but the idea is to transform it into a green, ecological, desirable and even inclusive area.