There is just too much love going around… Of course, it all started out nicely. Couples fastened locks inscribed with their names to the city’s historic bridges as if to unite a relationship with one of the most romantic cities in the world. A few here and there, a splash of metal and color.
And then the trend grew. And grew. And the bridges suffered. And suffered. Weighed down by all that love. It doesn’t look very lovely as I look at this photo I took just a few weeks ago. As a matter of fact, it looks pretty grotesque! And where is the bridge anyway? I only see the locks.
But this isn’t just about beauty. It’s about respect for the city’s historic sites. These old, fragile bridges have been around for a couple of hundred years. But I don’t see how they will make it even another couple of decades if the city doesn’t take action to remove the locks and ban them in the future. And to make matters worse, the Seine River has become home to many discarded keys!
The trend has even made it to other neighborhoods, with locks now fastened to a bridge along the Canal Saint-Martin!
I don’t put blame on the couples who have attached locks to the bridges. They obviously love Paris and simply are trying to preserve their romantic moment here. It is up to the Paris mayor and city council to take charge:
*By removing the existing locks
*Educating the public (flyers given out at tourism stands) about why locks are prohibited
*Fining those who sell and engrave locks on the banks surrounding the bridges
I just signed the petition to ban love locks. Please click here if you would like to read more about it! Or click here for a recent news article about the issue.
I only hope that more and more people will write about this problem, sign the petition and get things moving to save the city's bridges...