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Could There Be Swimming Pools or Gardens in Paris’ Abandoned Metro Stations?

by Natasha Geiling

Images by Manal Rachdi,OXO Architects & Nicolas Laisné, Architect

The Parisian metro system is truly a marvel of public transportation. As the sixth-largest metro system in the world, it carries nearly 1.5 billion passengers each year over its 132 miles of tracks—but for all its impressive capabilities, there are 11 stations that sit unused, either closedduring World War II or never opened to begin with. If one candidate wins the city’s mayoral election this year, however, those famous “ghost stations” might see new life, in very unexpected ways.

Read more and see more images at Smithsonian.com.