This summer, two very different large-scale projects began in the Toulouse metropolitan area. These projects aim to enhance the international renown of the Pink City.
Just like Barcelona, in addition to many Latin cities, the Allées Jean Jaurès in Toulouse city centre will be transformed into ramblas by the end of 2019. Ramblas is the name for avenues with a large central esplanade, with roads on either side. The project plans for a central promenade, slightly elevated for safety, dotted with green spaces, gardens and stone-paved pedestrian areas. The famous urban planner and architect Joan Busquets came up with this metamorphosis, which favours pedestrians. The provisional cost of the development is estimated at 20 million euros. This large project is not an exception in the Toulouse metropolitan area, in particular with the start of building work for the forthcoming exhibition centre, which will be completed by the end of 2020. With a 70,000 m2 covered exhibition area, it will offer new spaces that are large enough to accommodate large-scale trade and recreational events catering for over 1,200 people, which Toulouse cannot currently host due to a lack of suitable facilities.