Paris is Transforming its Most Famous Street into an “Extraordinary Garden”

March 10, 2021 at 6:08 pm

The most polluted street in Paris – Champs-Élysées – is about to become the greenest, replacing car lanes with “tree tunnels” and gardens

Though it’s one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in the world, Paris has been criticized for its lack of green space.

In an effort to change that reputation, Mayor Anne Hidalgo has approved a $300 million green makeover, in which the 4 outer lanes of the city’s most famous 8-lane street will be transformed into a set of two, mile-long, “tree tunnels.”

The trees are expected to improve air quality, provide shade for pedestrians and improve aesthetics on Champs-Élysées, the avenue that connects the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe in the heart of Paris.

The large sidewalk patios and promenades also will be lined with planter boxes of flowers and other greenery.

Place de la Concorde (Paris’ biggest square and the site of Marie-Antoinette’s execution) and the area around the Eiffel Tower are also set to be given green new looks. These two sites will be finished in time for Paris to host the Summer 2024 Olympics.

The Champs-Élysées transformation is scheduled to be complete by 2030.

While the street attracts about 100,000 pedestrians (and 3000 vehicles per hour) the vast majority are tourists. The street has lost its luster for locals, who consider it to be a polluted, noisy tourist trap.

This project is intended to change that.

Additionally, work has already begun plant four forests right by major landmarks in the city, and the world’s largest urban farm is already open for business there.