FILE - In this July 21, 2013 file photo shows the road along the Seine river, with the Eiffel Tower at right, in Paris. Paris City Hall has approved Monday Sept.26, 2016 a controversial plan to close down a stretch of highway that runs along the Seine River through central Paris and transform it into a pedestrian zone. It's part of Mayor Anne Hidalgo's push to fight Paris' exceptionally high pollution. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File) (AP)

Greenway: Paris will turn highway along Seine river into a walkway


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The Associated Press
September 26, 2016 10:50PM (UTC)

PARIS — The Paris City Council has approved a controversial plan to transform a stretch of highway that runs along the Seine River through central Paris into a pedestrian-only zone.

The plan approved Monday is part of Mayor Anne Hidalgo's push to fight Paris' exceptionally high pollution. The Socialist-led council passed the measure amid opposition from conservatives, who argue it will worsen city traffic and disproportionately hurt working class commuters.

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Hidalgo hailed the decision as "historic" and said it would eliminate an urban highway that she argues has no place in the center of a modern metropolis.

Under the plan, 3.3 kilometers (2 miles) of road from the Tuileries Garden toward the Bastille neighborhood will be closed down. Paris authorities already have converted a highway along the Left Bank for pedestrian use.


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