Lyon Boasts New Metropolis Status

Among the Rooftops of Lyon Photo: commons.wikimedia.org/Calips

Among the Rooftops of Lyon
Photo: commons.wikimedia.org/Calips

On Friday afternoon, members of the Assemblé Nationale (National Assembly) voted on the project to designate Lyon as a metropolis.

The project will combine greater Lyon with the city proper as well as a large area of the Rhone region. The resulting merge will grant Lyon a budget of about 3 billion euros to fund an extended housing and social work system. The Senate had already approved the project in June prior to the National Assembly’s vote.

The idea of the project was first raised in late 2012 by Gérard Collomb, the mayor of Lyon, and Michel Mercier, then President of the General Council of the Rhone.

Though many praise the changes—Collomb himself took to twitter to deem the event a “historic day”—others remain skeptical, saying that the creation of the metropolis challenges the place of the traditional French communes.

Others found a lack of concreteness in the project. “The operation of the metropolis is poorly defined,” said Jean-Paul Bret, the mayor of Villeurbanne, a city on the Rhone.

The project will come to fruition in 2015. Several other cities across France were also granted metropolis status, including Paris.

Trackbacks

  1. […] of the National Assembly voted on a project to designate Lyon as a metropolis. The project will combine greater Lyon with the city proper as well as a large area of the Rhone […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: