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GENTRIFICATION DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A DIRTY WORD, AT LEAST NOT FOR THESE EVOLVING SPACES
PARIS: AS THE CITY OF LIGHTS DIMS
If you looked at the world’s most visited city from high above, what you’d see is uncommon urban beauty. Beyond its uniformed façades, centuries-old architecture, and a history more vibrant than the gas lights it was named after, is truly remarkable design. Thanks to the complete renovation in the mid-19th century under Georges-Eugène Haussmann, boulevards were created that sliced through the city in radial fashion, a stark contrast to the right-angled intersections of grid cities. While this is ostensibly a navigational nightmare for a visitor, it ingeniously links up its iconic attractions.
This feature however doesn’t seem to be enough to balance Parisians’ happiness and the influx of tourists. It’s a struggle that remains hard fought. Critics have suggested that Paris is slowly but surely trudging down the route of Venice by having hotels and luxury apartments replacing family homes in neighbouring suburbs. Perhaps to address this, the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has launched a “Reinvent Paris” initiative, challenging architects to revamp the capital with the aim of prefiguring the Paris of the future. Hidalgo has called for ideas that focus on energy efficiency, desegregation and resilience, and that “make the city even more attractive, accessible and environmentally friendly”. She knows this could lead to an urban experiment of an unprecedented scale, but it’s certainly a bold step towards modernity.
Hidalgo proposed a ban on diesel motors and stepped up campaigns to clear the streets of litter, which had become an alarming
reality in Paris.
Paris has been expanding to include more communes, three departments of the inner suburbs and seven of the outer suburbs, so as to develop areas outside
the city centre.
If you somehow miss Singapore when in Paris, go to La Défense, the financial district. Nearly no one ever talks about this part of Paris, but you might feel
right at home here.