When Haussmann became Prefect of the Seine, Napoleon presented him with a map of Paris on which he had drawn the new streets he proposed to build. As Napoleon’s original map is now lost we cannot be sure of the relative roles of Haussmann and Napoleon in the development of their vision of Paris. Haussmann and Napoleon would develop Napoleon’s plans together, into a grand plan for the transformation of Paris.
An Imperial Capital.The British Library. The Map Library. London
Haussmann molded the city into a geometric grid, with new streets running east and west, north and south, dividing Medieval Paris into new sections. His plan brought symmetry to the city, something it was lacking beforehand. No Parisian neighborhood was left untouched by Haussman’s hand.
Emily Kirkman– The Lilith Gallery Network
During the administration of Baron Haussmann, 71 miles of new roads, 400 miles of pavement, and 320 miles of sewers were added to Paris; 100, 000 trees were planted, and housing, bridges, and public buildings were constructed.
Baron Georges Eugene Haussmann– Encyclopedia of World Biography