The mayor of Paris has said there are big plans to transform the city's famous street the Champs-Elysees. She wants to turn the 1.9km avenue into an "extraordinary garden". The Champs-Elysees is in the heart of Paris. Many people call it, "the most beautiful avenue in the world". However, many people who live in Paris think it looks old. They want it to look more modern. The mayor wants to cut the amount of traffic. She wants to cut the number of car lanes to make more room for pedestrians. She also wants to plant trees to make it greener and more attractive.
The Champs-Elysees showed how sophisticated and elegant Paris was. There were car showrooms full of luxury cars, and designer fashion stores. It was a magnet for rich people. Today, it looks like many other streets in the world, full of international chain stores, fast food restaurants and coffee shops. Work will start on the project after the 2024 Paris Olympics. The mayor said: "We will redo [one area] before the Olympic Games, then the full length of the avenue afterwards. It will be an extraordinary garden." The budget for the project is $305 million.