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Controversy Surrounds Paris, France's Marais & Tourist Coach Parking

We have said it many times to the elected officials, the police, and in particular to Pierre Aidenbaum, the Mayor of the 3rd arrondissement, and to the Central Deputy Commissioner Cyril Lacombe, the Marais must never, under any circumstance, despite its numerous museums, become a parking lot for tourism coaches and school buses. Indeed, two

by Bora Mici February 10, 2015 No comments

Greniere Saint-Lazare, Paris, France

We have said it many times to the elected officials, the police, and in particular to Pierre Aidenbaum, the Mayor of the 3rd arrondissement, and to the Central Deputy Commissioner Cyril Lacombe, the Marais must never, under any circumstance, despite its numerous museums, become a parking lot for tourism coaches and school buses. Indeed, two topics concern the residents more specifically: the Rue Grenier Saint-Lazare, where the coaches have a field day because of the duty free shops and the proximity to the Centre Pompidou, and the Musee Picasso, which was just reopened.

Despite our repeated requests, despite our warnings, the Rue Grenier Saint-Lazare, which is already burdened by motorcycle parking, has become an immense lot for coaches that park there daily, motors running at full steam because the tourists need to return to warm vehicles from their visit/shopping. They do not hesitate to station themselves in front of the two stops of the 29 bus line, and if there is no space, they also park in the lane reserved for the Rue Beabourg bus and taxis, located just after the intersection with the Rue Grenier Saint-Lazare.

As far as the Musee Picasso is concerned, the fears of the residents - whom the Mayor of the 3rd reassured that there would be no coach parking in the streets adjacent to the Hotel Sale (except for handicapped parking) - unfortunately confirms today that this came to nothing: parked cars belonging to tourists visiting the museum have been observed on the Rue de la Perle, as far up as N° 2, just where the stop for the 29 bus line is. While the drivers of the "delinquent" cars in this district have been questioned, they all say that the ad hoc websites of the Musee Picasso, Paris City Hall or the Office of Tourism have provided no information as to spots dedicated to coach parking.

Musee Picasso Paris, France

The concerned authorities must mobilize themselves and act; the residents are already facing air pollution, nocturnal and sound nuisances, and different degradations because of the influx of tourists to the museums and monuments of the Marais; they have a real sense of having been forgotten by the city, beyond the realm of tariffs and taxes, which never stop rising and whose real returns they are barely experiencing.

We are going to alert the Mayor's office once again, as well as the Central Commissioner of the 3rd - whose services are mobilized by the way - as well as the Director of the Musee Picasso, whom Vivre le Marais! should be meeting very soon.

How should the City of Paris deal with the problem of rogue coaches parking on already busy streets? How does your city permit the parking of tourism vehicles? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.

Original article, originally published in French, here.

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Bora Mici has a background in design and online writing. Most recently, she has worked as an online contributor for DC Mud, Patch.com, GoodSpeaks.org and WatchingAmerica.com, covering urban planning and visual and performing arts in the Washington, D...

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