Nice’s mayor, Christian Estrosi, is proactive in improving Nice and has big plans for the capital of the Riviera in the coming five years:
Place Pierre Gautier near the Cours Saleya is to be renovated, giving the heart of Old Town a fresh look
Rue des Ponchettes will be the site of a green, rooftop walkway to stroll and enjoy views of the sea and Old Town
Line 2 of Nice’s Tramway is in the works, linking the Port of Nice to the Airport of Nice
A future TGV train line will link Nice with Marseille
In 2016 Line 2 of Nice’s successful Nice Tramway, Nice’s tramway system will be completed. The route will connect the airport to Place Massena, before slipping underground to Nice Port and up to the city’s northern suburbs, allowing passengers to hop off a plane and into town in around 15 minutes. The council’s magic wand will also be passed over the old Gare du Sud in the Libération area (which will host new stores and a media centre).
And finally, in 2025, a new TGV high-speed train line will link Nice with Marseille in just over an hour. The final journey from the capital of the Riviera direct to Paris will be just under four hours.
Nice’s annual Jazz Festivalis being held in the public garden area of Albert 1st (Jardin Albert 1er), from July 8 through July 12, 2012. Last year, SEAL entertained in the garden venue.
However, the day after this year’s festival, the park will be barricaded and closed for one year, to open just in time for the 2013 Jazz Festival; the closure will allow work needed to complete “La Coulée Verte,” the green-space corridor being built on the site of Nice’s former bus station.
The hundred-year old trees will not be disturbed, when the park undergoes a makeover, with the addition of plant borders, grass, and fountains. The garden’s on-site merry-go-round will stay open and accessible during the renovation works, so families can continue to enjoy it!