I’m not going to tell you the history of Place de la République - I already did so in posts on my previous blog (here) and on this one (here). This is about the renovation of the place - a further step to give more space to pedestrians in Paris. The place was previously not easy to access, surrounded by often jammed streets. This has now changed – cars, buses, trucks, motorbikes… now have to make their way on just one side of the place.
So, since mid June, the place is much more visited. Here are some shots taken a late afternoon and evening.
Part of the ground is covered by water to the enjoyment of kids, I imagine more especially during summer. You can also cool down your feet in the basin surrounding the “Marianne”-statue, devoted to the Third Republic.
The authorities have put up a placard where people have given their opinions about the “new place”. I saw only positive comments.