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Mâcon, France Doubles the Size and Increases Mobility Access of Esplanade

Started in late September, renovation work on the Esplanade du Breuilin in Mâcon, France, is advancing at a good pace, as can be seen from a quick tour of the property. After three months of work on the 8,000 square meters that make up the Esplanade du Breuil, the transformation truly stands out. The urban planning

Street in Mâcon, France shows road and apartment buildings

Started in late September, renovation work on the Esplanade du Breuilin in Mâcon, France, is advancing at a good pace, as can be seen from a quick tour of the property.

After three months of work on the 8,000 square meters that make up the Esplanade du Breuil, the transformation truly stands out. The urban planning project was taken on in order to redefine the identity of the public space. The esplanade itself sits at the heart of an urban environment that is continuously changing.

Now, when one comes across the esplanade, forgotten are the 4,000 square meters of paving stones and the notion of empty space that accompanied them. Space has been given to pedestrian meandering, and the road has been equipped with new pavement.

All of this was done with the intention of also entirely changing out the current lights and furniture along the path. Landscape design has been at the heart of this project; plants now link the esplanade to the renovations of Marbé. The esplanade’s landscaped area has therefore doubled, moving from 1,450 square meters to almost 3,000 square meters. With this comes a watering system that has also been entirely re-designed to be more environmentally-friendly. The supply will come from rainwater gathered in the wells of the Marbé neighborhood.

Two Access Points Created for People with Reduced Mobility

City of Mâcon Town Hall, France

To respond to citizens’ needs, two access points for people of reduced mobility have also been created. One has been built on the Avenue Charles-de-Gaulle, and a second by the square in front of the Church of Notre-Dame. This square, it must be emphasized, has recently been entirely redone to match the front entrance of the nearby Louis Escande theater. Two frequently-used entrances have thus seen their value increased. Both will be opened for public use at the beginning of 2015.

The cost of the work has been raised to 100,000 euros and is being paid in full by the City of Mâcon.

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Original article, originally published in French, here.

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Katelyn Hewett recently graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French. During her time at St. Olaf, she enjoyed playing the French Horn in the St. Olaf Band, working as a teaching assistant for first-year...