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Fully Charged Tests Unusual Mia Electric Car (Video)

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From the Ford Transit electric delivery van to the Mitsubishi MiEV to the Nissan Leaf, Robert Llewellyn has been busy documenting the mainstreaming of electric vehicles (EVs)—cars and vans that don’t look out of plac…

Paris Launches a Vehicle Sharing Program with 3,000 Electric Cars

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When Paris’ now famous bike share system Velib’ in 2007, it was a pioneer in the field. Now similar programs are popping up in major cities all over the world, and Paris is looking to break the mold again. This week the City…

Paris Cleans Up with $50 Fines for Littering, Un-Picked Up Dog Poo and Public Urination

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Paris is widely recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and it has no intention of letting its reputation be sullied. The City is launching a new anti-littering campaign, with 35€ ($47) fines for all kinds of li…

Build Your Own Pallet Armchair Designed By Pierre Vedel

There are said to be two billion pallets in circulation around the world, and two/thirds of them are only used once. Designer Pierre Vedel approaches the problem by designing a complete armchair built from exactly one of the ubiquitous pallets . …R…

Pocket Gardens Sprout on Paris’s Anti-Parking Posts

A ‘Potogreen’ in Paris. Photo: Anne Mazauric via Paule Kingleur.

Necessary as they are to keep cars from blocking the sidewalk, anti-parking posts, or bollards, can be an ugly sight in a city. Parisian artist Paule Kingleur has commandeered some of t…

Failed Paris Olympic Bid Site Now a Booming Success as Eco-Friendly Urban Park

The Parc Martin Luther King in Paris’ 17th arrondissement. Photo: Jennifer Hattam.

Arriving from the urban jungle of Istanbul, the many neighborhood parks of Paris are literally a breath of fresh air, with their stately trees, colorful blossoms, duck…

Samaritaine Store In Paris FINALLY Being Restored By SANAA

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Urban renewal and restoration is tough, even in vibrant, successful cities (or perhaps, particularly in vibrant cities). The Samaritaine Store in Paris has been boarded up for years, while people waited to learn what would happ…

Paris Celebrates a Decade of Bringing the Beach Into the City by Going Bigger Than Ever

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Common knowledge has it that in the summer months, especially August, the only people you can find in Paris are tourists, as the locals flee the hot, crowded capital for the Cote d’Azur, Brit…

French Vegetarians Come Out of the Kitchen for a Veggie Pride Parade

The 2008 Paris Veggie Pride Parade. The poster reads: “Animals are my friends and I don’t eat my friends.” Photo: huguesdk under a Creative Commons license.

Living in France, I have to say it’s a pretty green country. Every sizable city I’ve been to …

A 22 Year Rids Paris of Cigarette Butts By Hand, Makes a Dress, and Saves the Rainforest

Image Courtesy of Le Mégot Défi. Flore’s map of where’s she’s made collections. Click here for an enlarged image and details.

Stereotypes about Parisians are well known: the snobbery, the love of stinky cheese, the baguette under the arm and the ci…