Changes Coming to the Look of Paris
Paris is known as one of the most elegant cities in the world. Visitors talk about the magic of Montmartre, the Left Bank, the city's beautiful, old buildings and tree-lined streets. But changes might be coming to Paris.
The mayor of Paris has plans to change the City of Lights. The changes include building the first city-center skyscraper since the 1970s and changing the grounds around the Eiffel Tower.
The plans have fueled criticisms, especially when it comes to the skyscraper project. It dates back to 2008, when a glass-and-steel pyramid-type structure was first proposed.
A Paris court rejected several legal cases brought against what is being called the Triangle Tower last month. The rulings gave Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo an important win if the 180-metre tower is to be finished as planned for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. The skyscraper project is expected to cost at least 500-million euros.
The design is to have reflective glass steps on two sides. It will be built a few kilometers south of the Tour Montparnasse, a 210-meter tall structure.
Montparnasse has divided and angered Parisians since it was completed in 1973.
"I don't like it," said Vincent Julien, 66, looking towards the building from the Luxembourg Gardens.
Asked about the new skyscraper, he was unsure, but not completely opposed to it. "I'm not against big buildings, big towers in Paris," he said, "but you have to be careful."
Seine pedestrian bridge
The other planned changes would affect the area around the 130-year-old Eiffel Tower. It stands at the head of the Champs de Mars, a public park and important gathering place since the French Revolution.
Today, the 25 hectare green space is very popular — more than 140,000 people visit it each day.
But the small numbers of restrooms and waste bins means it has also become popular for Paris' rat population.
Last month, a London-based business won a competition to redesign the area, including a new point of entry to the Eiffel Tower from across the river Seine.
The plan, at an estimated cost of 72 million euros, involves turning the bridge across the river into a pedestrian-only space. It would also create a green area from the Trocadero on one side to the end of the Champs de Mars.
The project has worried some visitors. Their reaction is similar to what Parisians have expressed about rebuilding Notre-Dame Cathedral after the fire.
The city is home to about two million people, and has over 40 million visitors a year.
"Paris for me, it's something historic," said Nunz Paolano, 20, a visitor from the United States. "I want to come and see what was here, not what's new."
Others suggest that while Paris might be showing a willingness to try out new ideas, they don't always work.
"Changing something that's so old and has already functioned perfectly fine, not trying to fix what actually is here but start something new," said Julia Wraith, a 20-year-old exchange student. "I feel like Parisians do that a lot."
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巴黎是世界上最优雅的城市之一 。游客们谈论着蒙马特、左岸的魅力、议论着这座城市美丽的古老建筑和绿树成荫的街道 。但巴黎可能正在发生变化 。
巴黎市长计划改造这座“不夜城” 。包括建造自上世纪70年代以来的第一座城市中心摩天大楼，以及改造埃菲尔铁塔周边的场地 。
这一改造计划引发了争议，尤其是关于建造摩天大楼项目 。这一争议可以追溯到2008年，当时第一次提出玻璃和钢材结构的金字塔式建筑 。
上个月，巴黎一家法院驳回了几起针对“三角大厦”的法律诉讼 。如果这座180米高的摩天大楼能按照预期在2024年夏季奥运会前完工，巴黎市长安妮·伊达尔戈将因这项裁决获得重大胜利 。该摩天大楼项目预计至少耗资5亿欧元 。
这项设计是在建筑两侧安装反光玻璃台阶 。该建筑将位于高210米的蒙帕纳斯大厦以南几公里处 。
当被问及对新摩天大楼的看法时，他并不确定，但也不是完全反对 。“我并不反对巴黎的高楼大厦，”他说，“但是毕竟要慎重一些 。”
其他改造计划将影响到已有130年历史的埃菲尔铁塔的周边地区 。埃菲尔铁塔位于马尔斯广场(Champs de Mars)的顶端 。自法国大革命以来，马尔斯广场一直被作为公园和重要的集会场所 。
该计划预计耗资7200万欧元，包括将横跨塞纳河的大桥改造成行人专属通道 。计划还包括打造一片绿地，从特罗卡德罗一侧延伸至马尔斯广场的尽头 。
这个项目让一些游客感到担忧 。他们的反应与巴黎人对灾后重建圣母院的反应如出一辙 。
“对我来说，巴黎是一座具有历史意义的城市，”20岁的美国游客农兹·保拉诺(Nunz Paolano)说道 。“我想到此领略历史风韵，而不是观赏新兴建筑 。”
20岁的交换生茱莉亚·沃里斯(Julia Wraith)表示：“改造一些陈旧且性能良好的建筑，不是试图修复现存的建筑，而是兴建新的摩天大楼 。”“我觉得巴黎人经常这样做 。”