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Nice's new Green Project ! The Coulée Verte

The coulée verte (green corridor) could be the best thing to happen to Nice. Not only does it signal the regeneration of the city centre it will also add value to local properties, improve Nice’s green credentials, and make the lives of the residents of the town even more easy and enjoyable.

 

Under the leadership of Mayor Christian Estrosi over the past 4 years, the town of Nice has seen improvements to public areas, transport links and housing. However, his newest venture, la coulée verte may eclipse all of his other policies in terms of importance for the town of Nice and its people. The implementation of the green corridor will see the planting of 12 hectares of park land right in the centre of Nice! Now that the old bus station has been officially closed, along with the old car park built in the 1970s (an eyesore to be honest!), they will be demolished to make space for trees, grass and water features that aim to create a more eco-friendly city centre for pedestrians.The corridor will run where the river Paillon once did (as seen in the image below) from the Promenade right up towards the Garibaldi area and there will be water features installed to give a fresh feel to the whole area.

The green corridor will act as a buffer between Vieux Nice and the ‘ville moderne’ and will be a space where people can enjoy peaceful surroundings and a quiet atmosphere whilst remaining centrally located. The total cost of the project is estimated at 40 million euros but the coulée verte itself may become something of a tourist attraction due to its innovative design, central location and modern style. There will be a viewing point built where the corridor meets the sea which will give panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the coast line. Along with the extension of the tramline, smoking ban on the handyplage, and the banning of alcohol consumption in public areas, the policies of Mayor Christian Estrosi could be set to create a new and fresh image for our lovely seaside town!The completion date for the project is currently set for September 2013.