Hôtel de Ville, Paris’s city hall
Hôtel de Ville, Paris’s city hall Image: Wagner51 (Wikimedia) CC BY-SA 2.0 FR

Paris Wants to Grow ‘Urban Forests’ at Famous Landmarks

In June, the city government of Paris announced a new plan to create green spaces around some famous landmark locations. This ambitious greening plan will help the city create “islands of freshness“ to curb its heat island effect. In the process, some of the city’s parking spaces will also be gradually replaced by mini-gardens as Paris is striving to achieve its target of covering 50 percent of the city with greenery by 2030.

This urban forest plan will quietly transform the appearance of Paris’ architectural heritage, which have been kept bare historically. This is certainly a departure from the classic Parisian aesthetic.

As Feargus O’Sullivan concluded in the article, “Paris will look different: softer, fresher, somewhat less regimented—and probably a lot more livable as a result.”

Read the full article at Citylab.