From most romantic city to Paris bridge is falling down
It all started out with good intentions.
The “love locks” are padlocks that couples affix to bridges and public fixtures in a declaration of their love. In Paris, the Passerelle des Arts is a hot spot for lovebirds. However, the vast number of padlocks is causing damage to the grates.
Since the early 2000s this ritual has quickly spread to cities all around the world, including London, New York, Seoul and Paris. The “love lock” tradition began in Pécs (Hungary) and is generally agreed to have started in the 19th century. — Mairie de Paris
But now both the City of Paris and residents view this trend not only as unsightly, but also as posing a serious safety threat due to the collective weight of the padlocks.
Where it all started
It’s not widely known (yet), but Pécs is also a city of romance. For decades couples in love have been coming to the city to literally ‘lock-in’ their feelings for each other. Small locks are placed on the fences along Janus Pannonius Street each symbolizing a couples lasting love for each other. Nobody really knows how it all started, but the lock-lined fences sure make a very unique sight. — visitbudapest.travel
No Love Locks™ petition
“Ban ‘love locks’ in Paris now! Save our historic sites!”
In January this year, two American “accidental activists” founded No Love Locks. In addition to launching a website to raise awareness, No Love Locks™ started a petition “asking the Mayor of Paris, the Mayors of the 20 arrondissements, and the City Council of Paris to enact and enforce a ban on locks being attached to bridges or any public monument, fence or structure.”
At this writing, 4,300 supporters have signed the petition.
Père Lachaise in the mix
I learned on No Love Locks’ website that other bridges throughout Paris are also falling victim to this practice, namely the Pont de l’Archevêché and the Pont Neuf. Even the Eiffel Tower!
Jim love locked
Absent from the list however is Père Lachaise where this practice is also taking hold.