Paris’ Mayor Throws Out City’s Height Restrictions

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The mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, either just made one of the biggest mistakes in the city’s history or something beneficial to help push the city along into the 21st century. It’s being reported that Delanoe has helped the city council tear up the rule that no building can be higher than 122 feet inside the city, thus opening up a world of multi-story building possibilities, much to the chagrin of most of the residents of Paris. But the mayor does have one person championing the decision, Jean Nouvel, who of course is pro-skyscraper, considering he’s busy building the Signal Tower just outside the city walls. Here’s a bit from him:

“This is not about undermining our heritage. But we have to stop thinking that Paris is a museum-city,” Nouvel told Le Parisian newspaper. “Paris is not finished… If vertical buildings can enrich the heart of the capital, why deprive ourselves?”