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Running out of road: Why planners are intent on taking cars out of our cities

Paris is redesigning the Champs-Élysées to make it greener with more space for bicycles and pedestrians. At home, a number of agencies, along with local and national government, are working on similar plans. But is Ireland ready to take the car out of its cities?

A computer-generated image of College Green in Dublin city centre: the first phase of traffic reduction plans will begin from next year, removing lanes of traffic in 2023, and through traffic in 2024

Madeleine Masse has one of the most exciting jobs any European architect could ask for: redesigning the Champs-Élysées.

Masse and her colleagues at PCA-Stream, a Paris-based firm, have been tasked with a €250 million overhaul of one the world’s best-known avenues, with the goal of making it a more inviting place for pedestrians.

“The Champs-Élysées has in recent decades become a place only for cars and tourists. We want it to make a comeback as a place for Parisians,” Masse, the director for urban strategy at PCA-Stream, told the Business Post.