Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris is getting a green makeover

The 250 million euros will transform the Champs-Élysées into a magnificent garden. (Credit: PcaStream)

The The Champs-Élysées are a iconic Parisian landmark. It connects the arch of Triumph and Place de la Concorde. The 1.2 mile (1.9 km) tree-lined street was once a popular place of walk and picnic for the inhabitants. However, it is now a tourist hotspot, filled with Dear cafes and designer boutiques.

The “most beautiful avenue in the world” has also fallen into disrepair. The sidewalks are cracked and the once-lush trees struggle to survive. The pollution of the 64,000 cars that pass through it daily, outrun that of the busiest motorways in Paris.

The surroundings of the Arc de Triomphe will be closed to all traffic (Credit PcaStream)

But if Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is successful, the Champs-Élysées will soon be restored to its former glory. His ambitious $250 million initiative intended to transform the iconic street into “a beautiful garden”. The first objective of the project is to reduce pollution by reducing the eight lanes of traffic on the avenue to only four. They will be replaced by trees and cycle paths. From 2030, only electric vehicles will be authorized on the Champs-Élysées.

The area around Place de La Concorde will be renovated ahead of the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. (PcaStream)

Place de la Concorde and the Triumphal arch will also be redesigned. Both areas will be closed to cars and lined with trees and wide pedestrian streets. The transformation of 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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