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Paris Urban Beach -‘Paris Plages’ 2012

As of tomorrow, the 20th of July, the banks of the Seine transform into a series of beaches – complete with spaces for volleyball, folding chairs, umbrella’s and all seaside accouterments. The city becomes coastal for a short breath of four weeks or so. The temporary Parisian shore spans from the Louvre to Pont du Sully – and for water sports enthusiasts, the area around the Bassin de la Villette in the 19eme offers another beach which is adapted to allow for rowing, kayaking, pedal boats, dinghies and such. Ice cream trucks are also thrown into the mix to flame the maritime illusion. I caught a glimpse of the process of turning parts of the riverside into a set of ‘plages’ and it underscored what makes Paris unlike many other cities: The ability to experiment with the new while retaining what already makes the city one of the most loved. Part of the success of the city in innovation boils down to visionary leadership under the mayor, Bertrand Delanoe. Yet, perhaps more so, it is …