Paris's most famous avenue is about to get a major upgrade, in advance of the 2024 Olympics, which have become a driving force for quite a number of Paris projects. The work is to begin within weeks and will cost about €26 million.
The project has three main components: making the lower Champs even greener with new trees and garden areas, widening the pedestrian ring around the Arc de Triomphe at the upper end, and redesigning the upper end of the avenue for greater pedestrian access.The upper end is lined on both sides with retail outlets, many of them high-end but some not, and with large cafe terraces on the sidewalks. The area has become known for overcrowding and noise; it is avoided by many Parisians.
Image: Artist’s rendering of revamped gardens along Champs Elysées