Summary Greater Paris: Combining History with a Vision of the Future
Paris, the capital of a country with a long tradition of centralization, has expanded over time in a series of concentric circles. The compact center, which houses all the picture-perfect monuments and neighborhoods within a radius of less than five kilometers, is an unmatched destination for tourists. However, this radial-layout vision of development is not necessarily compatible with modern urban living and economic growth. Out of the French capital’s ambition to become a global metropolis and leading financial and economic center, the Grand Paris project was born.