Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has a big renovation project for the Champs-Élysées avenue. It will be transformed transformed into a green, pedestrian-friendly space. Under the new plans drawns up by architect Philippe Chiambaretta and his agency, PCA-STREAM, vehicle traffic will be reduced by half, while pedestrians will be able to enjoy wider sidewalks and more greenery in what the agency calls “planted ‘living rooms.” In fact is about reinventing Paris for attracting tourists. The Avenue Champs-Élysées is in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, 1.9 kilometers (1.2 mi) long and 70 meters (230 ft) wide, running between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arch of Triumph is located.
Hidalgo said the first stage of the project will involve the renovation of the Place de la Concorde, which will take place before Paris hosts the 2024 Summer Olympic. As a part of the plan, abandoned, disused and outdated spaces will be given a second life as new dining destinations, themed hotels, museums and leisure hotspots. Paris will change even more in the future. In late 2014, a Reinventing Paris design competition was launched conducting an urban experiment on an unparalleled scale” and the winners were announced. Design firms teamed up to redevelop specific areas of the city. Incorporating green spaces is a key.