Breathing new life into the ghost stations of Paris
Cities around the world are haunted by the ghosts of abandoned subway stations. Toronto has Lower Queen, Lower Osgoode and Lower Bay stations, the latter of which has been used for film shoots and glitzy underground-style events. New York has its legends of the Mole People. But if Parisian mayoral candidate Nathalie Koziuscot-Morizet and architects Manal Rachdi and Nicolas Laisné have their way following March elections, the ghost stations of Paris — including Croix Rouge, Haxo, Porte des Lilas, Champ de Mars, Porte Molitor, Sainte Martin and Arsenal — could soon receive a new lease on life.
What seems like a lifetime ago, I lost my heart in Paris — to the city and a man who will always own a piece of it. The following possibilities from the creative minds of this amazing collaboration make me want to put Paris back on my travel itinerary.
A nightclub (the ultimate underground rave!)
An art gallery
And my personal favourite, a theatre (imagine the possibilities!)