This is very important:
In Paris, this is a consequence of the successful 'Paris Plage' experiments. In London, we're far behind. Ken Livingstone was planning a 'London Beach' years ago for the Embankment as part of a 'pedestrianised loop' with the South Bank for one month (August) every year.
(Amazing that that's still on-line, see p. 12 for the relevant bit.)
However, without this experiment, it is unlikely that we're going to see a similarly ambitious project as that in Paris anytime soon. We'll need to see whether the Paris project makes similar waves as its other innovative steps have done*.
* I'm very much aware that much of this is/has been accompanied by extensive road-building on the outskirts, and also that the structure of Paris differs from that of London in many aspects.
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