Paris: Parking Spaces Replaced by Vegetable Gardens
Paris is becoming more and more congested. There is a lack of green spaces, which makes the capital less and less welcoming, but also more and more polluted.
An Environmental Project
Replace 50% of parking spaces with gardens? This is Anne Hidalgo’s environmental challenge. Called “10 m2 en bas de chez vous”, the project is about transforming nearly 70,000 to 140,000 parking spaces into green spaces in the capital, Paris. Residents can choose which locations will be turned gardens. Indeed, the Paris City Council launched an application for that. Parisians will therefore be able to choose between the creation of vegetable gardens, urban furniture, fountains, gardens, or sports facilities. They will also be able to choose where they wish to place those spaces because they will be the main users. Motorists represent at least three out of ten inhabitants in Paris. To remedy the potential problem of lack of space to park cars, the city proposes the opening of underground car parking at an affordable price. Perfect to make the city of Paris even greener!
A Better Quality of Life
The initiative aims to offer a better quality of life to the people living in Paris as well as to the millions of tourists visiting la “Ville Lumière” every year. This improves the quality of life of Parisians and allows them to enjoy cleaner air. These new spaces would also be meeting places for residents. The city is embarking on real environmental challenges since it has already begun to close streets to favour bikes, such as rue de Rivoli in the first arrondissement. A citizens’ convention with the presence of inhabitants will be organized to finalize this beautiful project.
Photo: tsuru0164, kmarius
Sources : Positivr, canalplus
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