Paris has long been a global icon and center for economic and cultural activity. The city nevertheless struggles to meet residents’ current needs, particularly with respect to housing. Gentrification and urban expansion have segregated communities and put pressure on public transportation systems. To address the effects of this expansion on both diversity and pollution levels, officials have begun developing public housing within city limits to increase the number of moderate-income households. The city has also made a significant push to rebalance the urban landscape in favor of more environmentally friendly transportation, such as bikes, public transit, and hybrid and electric vehicles.

While Paris does not face regular stresses from environmental phenomena, officials recognize that a natural disaster, such as the flooding of the Seine River or a severe heat wave, would have serious consequences. Following the heat wave of 2003 that that caused several deaths among elderly Parisians, the city instituted a protocol to maintain contact with vulnerable individuals and provide resources if needed.

Resilience Challenges

  • Disease Outbreak
  • Heat Wave
  • Intractable Homelessness
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Pollution or Environmental Degradation
  • Refugees

Snapshot of Paris

  • 2,249,980

    population as of 2011

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