Paris to tackle its notorious problem — Analysis

On Tuesday, Emmanuel Grégoire, the deputy mayor of Paris, said that the campaign criticizing the dirty side of the city was effective in highlighting the capital’s faults.

People in the capital had been using the hashtag ‘#SaccageParis’ (#TrashedParis), which went viral in 2021, sharing photos of the dirtier side of the city, with many photos featuring overflowing bin bags, rough concrete benches, rotting flower boxes, vandalism, and garish street furniture.

It “has been useful in the way that it forced us to question ourselves and react,” Grégoire stated, adding: “what they are criticising is true but sometimes false because they are reposting some photos ad nauseam.”

The deputy mayor made the comments as Paris’ city council announced a ‘Manifesto for Beauty’, which outlined plans to tackle the capital’s trash-ridden streets and dirty buildings. 

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Officials will take a zero tolerance approach to rubbish left in public areas, according to the manifesto. There will also be an effort to remove bright and garish road markings, as well as removing plastic ‘mushroom seats’ – which are despised by locals – from the sidewalks.

The city offered amateur gardeners the opportunity to grow flowers in front of street trees. But the project hasn’t gone according to plan, with many mini-gardens becoming rubbish-strewn eyesores covered in dog feces. The initiative is now being canceled.

Eight measures were already announced last July in order to improve the quality of life in the area. 

Paris started a program to make more green spaces. This will help improve the air quality in Paris and bring color into the gray cityscape. 

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