Despair amidst global collapse? But we’re French!

Envisioning a maglev train to run above the Paris périphérique, as proposed by Christian de Portzamparc
Paris, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, undaunted by trying economic times, are pressing ahead with proposals to make the city a sustainable, “post-Kyoto”  metropolis. Proposals include creating new green belts filled with English-style allotments for city gardeners, breaking down the barriers between the contented centre and the disgruntled and impoverished suburbs, a maglev extension to the metro, and grand new stations beneath the Louvre.

Though these remain proposals, a common thread is undoing the structural inequities between haves and have-nots, to create a new era of social as well as environmental harmony.

 Architecture – France Unveils Bold Architectural Proposals for Metropolitan Paris –


About David

I am an environmental writer, journalist and speaker living in Cape Town, South Africa.
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One Response to Despair amidst global collapse? But we’re French!

  1. Ami Kapilevich says:

    Great idea. Goverments, evidently, plan to spend their way out of the recession anyway. What better way to do it that this?

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