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Wandering

Greenery !

Is the city just concrete? Less and less. From Milan to Montreal by way of Angers, nature once again belongs in the city. It’s spilling out of the parks to flourish in the cracks, on the roofs, or in the streets. Whether cultivated or wild, it is protected, celebrated, and yearned for everywhere and like never before by city dwellers, who recognise its many virtues. Calming, pleasant, healthy: greenery is making a comeback! And it benefits our cities.
What could be better than something that encourages biodiversity, lowers the temperature and level of pollution, and gives some colour back to our daily lives?

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Green stations

Whether already existing or yet to be built, transport infrastructure is now considered in connection with nature. Preconfiguring a new generation of bus stations, RATP has entrusted the Château de Vincennes eco-station project to the architectural firm Projectiles and to Emma Blanc, a landscape architect. Its light and transparent structure will highlight the nearby Bois de Vincennes, while the flagstones on the platforms will allow wild grasses to spread, in continuity with the forested paths. Metro and RER stations are also going green, such as the Jaurès station, whose pillars and roofs have been fitted by Jardins de Babylone.

100,000

trees are going to be planted over six years in Angers, particularly to establish greenery along the edges of the new tram lines operated by RATP Dev.

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Licence to plant greenery

Licence to plant greenery More and more cities are trusting citizens themselves to resurrect gardens and crops in the heart of their neighbourhoods. In Paris, the “licence to plant greenery” offers a clear framework for reconquering swathes of public space. In Tours, “À fleur de trottoir” (blooming on the footpath) involves residents and park and garden officials. In Marseille, “Visa vert” allows individuals to temporarily occupy public space for free. Its popularity is huge: over 600 licences have been given out in Paris, with 1,500 requested per year in Bordeaux. And with good reason: quality of life, conviviality, ecological balance, etc. It’s a win-win situation.

10%

This is the proportion of its territory that Singapore has decided to dedicate to green spaces. Today, it is the greenest city in the world.

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47,795

ballots were cast in 2016 during a citizen consultation of RATP users. Among the ideas chosen: planting greenery in stations, like here at Denfert-Rochereau.

Fresh ideas

A green area is a cool area. In some cities, these precious spaces are a historical legacy, like in Singapore : since its creation, the “garden city” dedicates 10% of its territory to green spaces. Today, with their populations growing rapidly, cities are doubling down on ground-breaking initiatives. Thus Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has supported the project by geographer Daniel Raven-Ellison: acquiring for the British capital the accolade of being the first “national park” city in the world. In Spain, Madrid has been testing an idea by Marc Grañen, a Spanish landscape architect and artist, for two years. Greenery has been fitted on the roofs of 130 buses servicing the two busiest routes in Madrid. In summer, they help to lower the temperature inside the vehicles by 4 °C to 5 °C.

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+ 1,700

More than 1,700 trees planted over the next three years: the return of greenery is announced in Marseille. It is also driven by the “Visa vert” (green visa), a gardening licence given to residents.

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