One of the most famous avenues in Paris, the Champs-Élysées, is set for a facelift to transform it to a green, pedestrian-friendly space, after the mayor gave the go-ahead for a major renovation project.
The thoroughfare, one of the world’s most famous shopping streets, accommodates eight lanes of traffic as it runs between the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde.
Under the new plans, vehicle traffic will be reduced by half, while pedestrians will be able to enjoy wider sidewalks and more greenery.
The transformation aims to attract more visitors to an area that, pre-pandemic, had begun to lose its upscale luster particularly after sometimes violent anti-government demonstrations.
The Champs-Élysées committee, a local association working to promote and develop the area, celebrated the news, saying, “The mythical avenue has lost its splendor over the last 30 years.” The committee began working on proposals to overhaul the area three years ago.