An Open Letter to Mayor Delanoë

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November 29, 2012

Monsieur Bertrand Delanoë
Maire de Paris
Hôtel de Ville
Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75196 Paris cedex 04

Dear Mayor Delanoë,

I am writing to express my concern about the current projects to build three more skyscrapers in Paris. Having lived in the city for twenty years now, I have come to appreciate its magnificent architectural heritage and to fear the assaults that are being made upon it.

The beauty of the architecture that makes Paris a world-class city is fading, as modern buildings replace old ones without any regard to the visual impact that their design may have on the surrounding locality. Three new skyscrapers can only aggravate this situation; they will help turn Paris into a hodgepodge of architectural styles, with each new structure vying for attention at the expense of the old and venerable.

We have only to look at the Montparnasse tower for an example of the visual devastation that a skyscraper wreaks upon a neighborhood. It would seem that city planners should have learned a lesson from this disaster and would refrain from planning more of the same. But no! The same battles to prevent the destruction of the city’ priceless architectural heritage have to be fought again and again.

Please stop this madness.

Tom Reeves

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