La Petite Ceinture

A little-know green oasis of nearly 30 kilometres in the centre of Paris

A little-known 30-kilometre belt of neglected green space has been at the centre of a debate between environmentalists and entrepreneurs who do not see eye to eye about the future direction of development in the city. La Petite Ceinture (“little belt”) is an urban phenomenon: an abandoned railway built more than 150 years ago in the centre of Paris.


The area currently serves as a public space widely used by runners and hikers, and where art events are organized, but the mayor of Paris might have more commercial plans for the space. It will be interesting to see what will happen with this unique space, precious in its biodiversity as well as its prime location, in the future when cities are expected to continue struggling for space.

Read the full article about La Petite Ceinture by Rooksana Hossenally for Guardian Cities here.

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