Place de l'Opéra

9th Arrondissement
Paris, France

Contributed by Project for Public Spaces

A traffic-dominated circle that renders one of Paris's cultural and architectural landmarks much less accessible than it should be.

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Why It Doesn't Work

L'Opéra Garnier boasts an engaging exterior, but it is surrounded by raging traffic that prevents sustained enjoyment of its extravagant façades. Treating the base of this building with more respect for pedestrians could do wonders for its accessibility and greatly diversify the activity around it.

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