As part of a $304 million project, Paris’ most famous promenade, Champs-Élysées is set to undergo a renovation before the Summer Olympics of 2024. According to Mayor Anne Hidalgo, the renovation will turn the 1.2 mile-long avenue connecting Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe into an “extraordinary garden”, reported artnet News.
While the promenade is a tourist hotspot, local Parisians had been avoiding the Champs-Élysées for the last three decades. Hence, in 2019, Jean-Noël Reinhardt, president of the Champs-Élysées Committee proposed the now-approved renovation project. The restoration will be undertaken by PCA-Stream, a French architectural firm. In conversation with Kim Willsher of The Guardian, the firm’s founder Philippe Chiambaretta said that the goal is to make the space “ecological, desirable, and inclusive” by optimizing walkway space, improving air conditions by adding more greenery and decreasing automobile traffic in half.
Additionally, in conversation with the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, Hidalgo shared that the restoration of Champs-Élysées is one of the several projects intended to transform Paris. One such project is intended to transform the area around Eiffel Tower into an “extraordinary park at the heart of Paris”, reported Willsher.
The project will be completed in two stages: The renovation of Place de la Concorde will be completed before the 2024 Summer Olympics while the rest of the promenade is due to be completed by 2030. According to a statement issued by the Champs-Élysées Committee, the town hall is seeking to make the renovation of the promenade “one of the standout urban projects of this decade”, reported Jack Guy of CNN.
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