Paris is dealing with some major pollution problems, and the city’s mayor Anne Hidalgo has decided that cutting out cars from the city center might be the way to go.
“The idea is to move little by little toward a pedestrianization [sic] of the city center, that would remain open to riverboats, police, rescue and delivery vehicles, but not to everyone.”
Her plan is to encourage more bike riding, as well as build a tramway along the right bank of the Seine so that cars are no longer necessary within the popular Rue de Rivoli area.
Many locals are thrilled with the concept, but in 2016 Paris had days where the air quality remained at dangerous pollution levels. Many of people living in a small area is one aspect of the pollution, and many diesel vehicles is another.