Place des Nations refit cost has doubled

The city has been planning to redo Place des Nations, once a core feature of Expo 67 but long since left in the oubliette. Now the projected cost has nearly doubled since the project was first proposed, but city hall is intent on proceeding.

I took the photo above ten years ago, when mooching around the islands. Officially Place des Nations was not accessible but it wasn’t hard to get inside. At that point, while the concrete was weathered, it had not yet started to crumble, but the overhanging seating blocks would clearly not hold forever, and it would only be a matter of time before somebody exploring the space got brained with a piece of loose masonry. The site needs to be either refurbished or dismantled.