More green, less cars: Champs-Elys করবেes will begin a profound change, with elected officials and experts promising Wednesday to “re-enchant” the famous Paris Avenue during the 2024 Olympic Games. The project, undertaken by the Town Hall of Paris, an elected official of the Arrondissement, and the Champs-িসlys কমিটিরes Committee, to bring merchants and businessmen together on the avenue, must be done in two stages. The first must be completed by the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in the summer of 2024; The second, which will come later, has a more vague outline
Concretely, changes will be most visible at both ends of the 2 km path
A “car space shrink”
First to the Place de la Concorde, where the gardens on either side of the “Champs” are now much faded, transformed. “We’re going to turn these gardens into real Promenade Gardens,” PS Mayor Anne Hidalgo promised during a news conference at the Rond-Point Theater from the Avenue. Hundreds of trees will be planted, and small obsolete roads will be paved, with the elected socialist city willing to “restore freshness” to adapt to global warming.
Another big change for 2024 will be in the vicinity of the Arc de Triomphe, where a lot of car traffic will be reduced at the Place de l’Itol roundabout. “At the Arc de Triomphe, all we’re going to do is enlarge the ring,” explained Anne Hidalgo, a pedestrian around the monument. “It’s a shrinkage of car space, I like to be clean. Because that’s how tomorrow’s city should be considered,” he added.
But the reduction in motorized traffic, the mayor’s hobby horse and politically sensitive issues, does not currently concern the avenue, which has two lanes of traffic and a bus and taxi lane on each side. In this regard, “the mayor has agreed to discuss (…), to discuss, I know he has an opinion, we have,” assured Mark-Antoine Jamet, president of the Champs-Elys কমিটিরes Committee.
An avenue that has “lost much of its splendor”
At the top of the avenue, very popular with commercial and foreign tourists, sidewalks and street furniture, in the old place, will be renovated, elected officials have promised. From now until 2024, the town hall will have to commit 26 million euros for all the work, with the addition of 6 6 million from Solidéo (an Olympic job distribution company) for games-related sites, such as the Place de la Concorde and the Grand Palace.
Because the challenge is to bring Parisians back to this iconic avenue of the city, which was built in 1670 and which has survived for centuries. It requires “re-enacting one of the capital’s most iconic windows, the most famous of the Parisian streets, which has lost much of its splendor in the last 30 years,” said Jeanne d’Hauteserre, mayor of the 8th Arrondissement.
Crowded with people until the middle of the 20th century, it gradually became desolate by Parisians and was increasingly occupied by foreign tourists and customers of luxury shops. Its terraces need to be “consolidated” by 2024, a sensitive issue for businesses entrusted to Belgian designer Rady Fischer.
A transformation that will continue after the Paris Games
“Both our purpose and my goal (…) is to preserve the identity and personality of brands (…) but to create a signature that identifies champs in a certain way as it has always done around the world,” he said. Outside of the Olympic deadline, the transformation should continue with the development of the project entrusted to architect Philip Chiambarta.
The Place de la Concorde, now fully ripe, will be at the center of the change. The architect explained that “a furnace” would be needed to “facilitate the crossing”, “to restore access to monuments, obelisks and fountains” and to green the place. Anne Hidalgo said she was in favor of expanding the tuilery gardens to the obelisk.