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How the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics are driving the city’s green revolution

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🗞️ Driving the news: Paris, hosting the 2024 Olympics, is setting a new precedent in sustainable urban development
Unlike previous Olympic hosts, the city is leveraging the event to accelerate its transformation into a green, pedestrian-friendly city
• Key projects include utilizing existing structures like Stade de France, holding events in iconic locations like the Eiffel Tower, and the "reconquest" of the Seine, with plans for public swimming post-Olympics

🔭 The context: This shift is part of a broader €1.4bn initiative, reflecting Mayor Anne Hidalgo's vision for Paris as "the greenest big city in Europe"
The city's long-term strategy includes promoting low pollution, enhancing pedestrian and bicycle access, and prioritizing community life

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Paris's approach represents a significant shift in how major global events can influence urban planning and environmental sustainability
Rather than creating temporary structures with limited post-event use, Paris focuses on lasting urban improvements that enhance the quality of life and environmental health

💬 One quote: "The whole issue of ... giving the city back to pedestrians and cyclists, is not just a Parisian but a global challenge. We're showing it can be done, and done quickly" (Pierre Rabadan, Paris’s Deputy Mayor in charge of Sport and the Olympics)

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