A city of projects: Grand Paris, the 2024 Summer Olympics, and the jurisdictional negotiation of modern Paris.

Authors: Damien Geffroy*, Virginia Tech, Robert Oliver, Virginia Tech Department of Geography
Topics: Political Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: French governance, mega events, regional development, metropolization
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Cleveland 2, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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After multiple failed French mega event bids, Paris was elected as host city of the 2024 Summer Olympics. While ostensibly the 2024 Summer Olympics are linked to Paris, the spatial requirements of the event explicitly suggest Paris’ incapability to accommodate specialty infrastructure within its own city limits. Ultimately, an important negotiation must take place in order to identify potential sites suitable for olympic facilities while also considering the production of a significant urban and economic heritage. As such, the 2024 Summer Olympics emerge as an opportunity to investigate the way France is tackling, in the 21st century, the challenges of metropolization. This presentation will examine the blending of the Grand Paris regional development project and the Olympic ambition. Relying on interviews with key informants, it specifically addresses the implications of organizing the distribution of jurisdictions in a complex multi-layered structure of governance and a desire for political legitimacy.

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