One Of The World's Most Unspoilt Skylines Is At Risk

A housing and office space crisis is forcing Paris, a city with one of the world's most unspoilt skylines, to consider lifting a 30-year ban on tall buildings.
November 4, 2003, 6am PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"Desperately short of space for new housing and offices, the city that boasts one of the world's most unspoiled skylines is considering lifting a 30-year-old ban on skyscrapers. Paris, which outlawed buildings of more than about eight storeys in the city centre in 1974, is strikingly uncluttered with high-rise towers. But its restricted surface area of 40 square miles - combined with an optimistic election pledge by the Socialist mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, to provide 50,000 new homes - means that the mayor may be forced to build up, rather than out, to meet the city's needs."

Thanks to Michael Kassner

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Published on Friday, October 14, 2005 in The Guardian Unlimited
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