The Greater Moscow project has been coming together faster than Grand Paris, Maurice Leroy, Minister of City Affairs under Nicolas Sarkozy and curator of the Grand Paris project, said at the Moscow Urban Forum on 1 July.
“I’m impressed how much Moscow has changed over the past six years. It’s stunning. The Russian capital has no equals in metro development, the construction of new stations and transit hubs,” Maurice Leroy said. In the spring of 2013, he was appointed adviser to Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Mayor for Urban Development and Construction.
The Greater Moscow project was launched on 1 July 2012 when Moscow was expanded through the incorporation of large areas in the southwestern part of the Moscow Region. Projects for Moscow’s new image were submitted by architects and urban experts from many countries. The idea of megalopolis development is ongoing in several countries. The closest example in Europe is the Grand Paris project, under which Paris and its suburbs have been united in the “Metropolis of Greater Paris” with a population of 11 million.