The latest innovation in the City of Lights will be three new elegant footbridge ‘streets’ that will be packed with gardens, cafes, restaurants, and stalls. The new footbridges will be constructed over the Seine River, but they are not going to be normal pedestrian crossings. Instead of that, these footbridges will be a place where natives as well as tourists on Paris walking tours can go shopping, watch movies, enjoy the scenic beauty of gardens, and do a lot more.
Reports indicate that the City Hall of Paris will be launching a campaign to agree on the designs. It is confirmed that the new initiative will be funded by private developers, who can later rent the spaces on the footbridges. Moreover, the proposed plans must ensure that buildings do not negatively affect the skyline of Paris and it should also allow adequate room for the boats to swiftly glide underneath.
The new footbridge streets will certainly lure in more tourists to the City of Lights, as it will certainly offer plenty more to the tourists. Tourists who are on Paris walking tours will be able to have a lot more fun by visiting these three new footbridge streets. This will give them something to do in Paris rather than blindly following a Paris guidebook.
These new footbridges will be between the 12th and 13th arrondissements, between the 4th and 5th arrondissements, and the last one will be most probably situated near the André-Citroën Park. This move is to rejuvenate the public image of Paris, as it has become more known for its heritage and history than innovation. In addition to that, this plan was also introduced to boost the eco-friendly credentials of the city.
It is crucial to note that the project to transform bridges into public space doesn’t actually exist these days. The idea for three new footbridge ‘streets’ was dubbed as an “architectural revolution” and they believe that this idea has come from the past. This is because having buildings on bridges was a common sight in the French capital back in the Middle Ages.
However, this tradition came to a painful end when Pont Notre-Dame’s wooden structure collapsed and destroyed sixty homes along with it. Still, the modern safety standards are capable of ensuring that the new breed of the Parisian bridge will be an elegant sight to both natives and tourists.