Paris is about to see an explosion of greenery. The French capital passed a law allowing residents to plant urban gardens around the city. Will we follow suit?

By Camryn Rabideau
October 11, 2016
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Cities can seem a little gray with row after row of buildings, but Paris is looking to introduce another color into its streets. According to Inhabitat, the French capital just passed a new urban garden law that allows residents to cultivate a variety of plants, and it anticipates an explosion of greenery over the next few years.

With a permit, Parisians are now free to plant just about anything they'd like -- flowers, greenery, vegetables or fruits. The main restrictions of the permits are that each urban garden must use sustainable methods, promote biodiversity and avoid pesticides -- besides those guidelines, residents are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild.

According to the source, Mayor Anne Hidalgo's goal is to have 100 hectacres of living walls and green roofs within the next four years. Paris is surely in for a stunning transformation thanks to its new urban garden initiative.

Here's to hoping the idea comes to a city near you soon!

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