#13 Which Loir-et-Cher in 2050? In Blois, we tend to become “a sponge city” again

#13 Which Loir-et-Cher in 2050? In Blois, we tend to become “a sponge city” again
#13 Which Loir-et-Cher in 2050? In Blois, we tend to become “a sponge city” again

Anticipate. Prepare. And involve. Not so simple for a heritage city ” very rich “ to project oneself in time, even if it is necessary.

In Blois, in addition to nurseries, schools and sports facilities, services are working to improve existing facilities while taking into account budgetary constraints, regulations and projections due to climate change. “We now have global reasoning, with design offices that did not exist before,” explains 1er deputy Jérôme Boujot, surrounded by his Director of Heritage Florent Gaspard, and his deputy head of the Ecological Transition division, Christelle Genre.

In public spaces too, it is time to adapt. Between speed reduction, widening of sidewalks (whose color has changed to avoid reverberation), greening here and there. By experimenting with essences, but without depriving yourself “plant heritage”.

The end of a form of urban hygiene

Across the city, there are 80 heat islands, “priority sites where it was in his interest to act” which have been identified. To imagine solutions, sometimes minimal, but which allow for evolution. We speak then “urban acupuncture”.

More grassy parking spaces have appeared across the city in recent years.
© Photo NR, Sébastien Gaudard

“We are transforming the city while finding points of balance”, continues the elected official. Blois is a figure of “open-air laboratory”from which other communities come to draw inspiration, notes Christelle Genre, who highlights the work carried out in particular with future engineers from the National School of Nature and Landscape (Insa).

In Blois, we are restoring “a sponge city” and we restore life to the soil via “brown frame”. Far from the more hygienist vision of a certain form of town planning which was deployed in the 60s and 70s.

“A greening project”

At the station for example, rather than a new building, the City decided to develop an urban park of 6,000 m2 between rue Jean-Moulin and rue de l’Usine à gaz. An additional green lung, “even if Place Victor-Hugo is not that far away.”

Place du château too, there is no shortage of ideas: “We have a revegetation project in the drawer. » It remains to be able to have it validated by the cultural authorities.

“We must find a balance between heritage preservation and adaptation to climate change. » This balance also involves the appropriation of public space by those who live near it. Between greening permits and flowered sidewalks.

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