Le Place de la République, Paris A Story of ChangeAssembled by Guy Dauncey (www.earthfuture.com), from www.placedelarepublique.paris.fr TVK and other sources Thanks to Brian Pirolli at www.smartplanet.com for the heads-up!
1759: Authorization of buskers and small theaters brings the Boulevard du Temple. It becomes ”The Boulevard of Crime".
August 1811, a fountain is opened on the square.
In 1865, Haussmann built a large rectangular square. In 1867, the old fountain is replaced by a fountain.
July 14, 1883, the statue of the Republic isinaugurated, symbol of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity
La Fête a Place de la République, Paris Christa Kieffer
Le Place de la Republique is an urban creation of the nineteenth century.Over the decades, it has built a strong symbolic value. However, traffic hasbecome paramount at the expense of urban quality and a diversity of uses.In 2008 Paris City Hall launched an ambitious project for itsredevelopment, around three objectives:1. To reaffirm the republican symbol and enhance the historical heritage2. To integrate the new mobility and create a better sharing of the publicspace3. To enhance the usability of the site and create a gathering placeDeveloped in consultation with local residents, users, traders and, morebroadly, the citizens of Paris, the project aims to restore Parisian charmand friendliness.After a contest, the prime contract was entrusted to the architecturalplanners Trévelo & Viger-Kohler (TVK).
2011: The City of Paris unveils plans to create a convivial space www.placedelarepublique.paris.fr