After #SaccageParis, the city identifies everything to keep or not

Announced in January last year as a new method of developing and maintaining public space, the “Manifesto of Beauty in Paris” will be published this Tuesday, June 14th. The result of more than 2 years of work, it should serve as a guide for all city departments working in the field.

The Manifesto of Beauty in Paris will be announced. This 4-volume document is an “initiative launched at the beginning of the term of office, aimed at working on the doctrines of intervention in the public sphere and reconsidering the cross-cutting nature of the intervention protocol”, explains Emmanuel Grégoire, this Tuesday 14. June, recalling that it was first thought “by the administration for the administration and for all the operators”.

An educational document as a basis for work

“It’s not a reading document for the beach”, ironically the first deputy mayor of Paris to qualify it as “extremely technical”. If the first volume praises what is beautiful in Paris, the second on 276 pages strives to identify the special characteristics of the floors, the third on 200 pages is devoted to objects, and the last, which will be ready at the same time, while the new bioclimatic The Local Urbanism Plan (PLU) is devoted to objects.

The purpose of this training document? To be the reference, work base, for all the heads of technical services in Paris City, but also for the mayors of the arrondissements and concessionaires (SNCF, La Poste, Enedis, JC Decaux …), who intervene in a daily in the Paris public space .

In addition, a public space regulation commission has also been set up to validate all development projects and verify that they are compatible with this Manifesto for Beauty, a position of deputy director of public space DGS (Directeur général des services, editor’s note) has been set up in all town halls of the arrondissement, a protocol for the good performance of construction sites has been put in place, and a cartographic platform with all the Parisian furniture has also been put online.

from benches to trash cans

Specifically, it is in this document that the city of Paris specifies everything that needs to be preserved in the public space and everything that needs to be removed permanently or eventually permanently.

On pages 6 to 9 of volume 2, we therefore experience that the Davioud bench, in its original form or modernized, will be well preserved and thus protected in the streets of Paris. While page 57 in volume 2 explains that the tree trunk formwork at the foot of the young trees is removed in favor of the cobblestones. “The big pig paths are over”, Emmanuel Grégoire welcomes.

The same “for the GBAs” (reinforced concrete slides, editor’s note) or “the ugly benches”, which will be systematically removed, for “decluttering of the public space”, which involves withdrawal – already announced and commenced – by all useless road signs, “by strengthening grafting actions” …

And the first assistant who cited some specific examples such as. trash cans. Page 29 of volume 3, it is specified that the trash bins of the type “Bagatelle” – numbered 21,877 throughout Paris – will no longer be replaced, to gradually disappear from the Paris public space in favor of “Cybel (3,890 copies) or called “compression” (330 copies).

For the elected official who wants to point out that this work was initiated long before the #SaccageParis controversy, but who admits that the scale of this movement has pushed him to go even faster, it’s a matter of being more effective. And this, in various services in the city (cleaning, green areas, roads, municipal police …), but also at the level of the concessionaires, who in this manifesto will find a precise specification of what is allowed or not.

But aware that the city of Rome was not built in a day and that all the “annoying” will not be able to disappear from Paris in record time, Emmanuel Grégoire’s team believes that not all improvements will be visible for several years. Therefore, it is important that this manifesto is live and updated regularly.

The city planning adviser to the first deputy, Lily Munson, also recalls that similar work had already been done in the 1990s by the then mayor, Jacques Chirac. A kind of “street furniture guide from the 1970s” produced in 5 years, compared to 2 today.

“We were already talking about tidying up the public space, while France Telecom did anything and set up telephone boxes everywhere,” laughs Emmanuel Grégoire. Different times, same customs …

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