One reason for this is the mass transit system deep underground, at the geographic crosshairs of Paris. Five Métro lines and three RER regional express commuter lines cross at the Châtelet-Les-Halles station, north-to-south and east-to-west, pumping 750,000 people in and out every day.
|Forum des Halles|
|Trou des Halles, by Doisneau|
Last surviving Baltard pavilion, top left
The garden area will also see major changes. It was never very appealing and there were barriers that prevented people from strolling through it. You were rerouted a longer way and had to stick to graveled paths. Now it’s to be turned into trees and vast lawns where, unlike many French parks, the grass will be open to picnics and bare feet.
For a video of all this, click on www.parisleshalles.fr/le-projet-002
|The old Les Halles, vanished|
photo by Doisneau, title by me