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Should ephemeral terraces be removed?


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Paris, Marseille, Lille, Brest and other cities have granted cafes and restaurants ephemeral terraces in 2020, then in 2021. These spaces taken up on the sidewalks, or even in parking spaces, have given a little oxygen to these establishments hit hard by the crisis. But from “ephemeral”, the terraces tend to become “perpetual”: in the new regulations for displays and terraces in Paris, the town hall now authorizes “summer terraces” … seven months a year, from April to the end of October . And in Marseille, it’s until the end of September. This gift is naturally the delight of customers, after a summer of bad weather, and of companies benefiting from these extensions of occupation of the public domain.

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But it makes residents cringe, many of them complaining about overflows. In Paris, dozens of local associations, and not only in the usual so-called “festive” neighborhoods (Oberkampf or the Marais, etc.), have issued protests and testimonies. They point to the too frequent abuses: music (although it is in theory prohibited), opening well after 10 p.m., pedestrian crossing reduced, or even non-existent … If local elected officials want to prevent this issue from poisoning the growing pedestrianization of shopping centers. cities, they will not be able to escape their responsibilities: to create the conditions for a

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