Paris is Getting a Pedestrian-Friendly Makeover
Seven of the city's most traffic-prone squares will soon be seeing fewer cars
Looks like Dublin isn't the only city that's going to be experience a pedestrian-friendly makeover. Last weekend, Paris Mayor Anne Hildago shared the news that seven of the city's iconic (and not-so-iconic) squares will be undergoing changes to become more appealing to people taking in the city by foot—$34 million worth of changes, to be specific.
The targeted squares include both internationally known locations and lesser-recognized sites: Place de la Bastille, the Place d'Italie, the Place de la Nation, the Place du Panthéon, the Place de la Madeleine, and the less well-known Place Gambetta, and Place des Fêtes. The renovations are a couple of years off, but as CityLab references, some of the city's newest updates take this pedestrian-friendly value to heart (case and point: the 2013 redesign of the Place de la Republique area).
The mayor herself says it best in a statement last Saturday: "A city where you’re surrounded by hubbub, abandoned to cars—that isn’t a [real] city." That is, unless we're talking about Cuba's stunning collection of vintage cars.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.