(CNN) — One of the most famous avenues in Paris, the Champs-Élysées, is set for a facelift that will see it transformed into a green, pedestrian-friendly space, after Mayor Anne Hidalgo gave the go-ahead for a major renovation project.
The thoroughfare, one of the world’s most famous shopping streets, accommodates eight lanes of traffic as it runs between the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde.
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.”
The avenue will become greener and more pedestrian-friendly.
The transformation is aimed at attracting more visitors to an area that, pre-pandemic, had begun to lose its upscale luster particularly after sometimes violent demonstrations by so-called “gilet jaune” anti-government demonstrators.
The Champs-Élysées committee, a local association that works to promote and develop the area, celebrated the news in a statement Sunday following Hidalgo’s announcement in an interview with French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche.
“The mythical avenue has lost its splendor over the last 30 years,” the committee, which began working on proposals to overhaul the area three years ago, said.
“It has been progressively abandoned by Parisians and has suffered a number of crises: the gilets jaunes, strikes, the health and economic crisis,” said the committee in the statement.
Place de la Concorde will also be rejuvenated.