Sometimes overnight sensations take a long time. As with chanteuses, so it is with city neighborhoods. Belleville, Paris, is the perfect example. Located in the 20th arrondissement, Belleville was once a sleepy working-class backwater dotted with Chinese, North African and Jewish enclaves. Artists have been gradually moving into the cheap housing and former factories on […]
Over 150 years ago, Napoleon built canals and railroads to bring goods and fresh water from the French countryside into the heart of Paris. Today’s wholesale markets ring the city’s outskirts and the industries that lined these waterways are gone, but the routes that once carried flowers, water and produce to please and feed Parisians […]
The French Government announced last Friday that it approved the Le Grand Paris project.1 Primarily, it will involve the construction of 100 miles of new subway lines and 57 stations connecting Paris’s suburbs. The lines will be in the shape of a giant figure eight. (Wikipedia) The project is estimated to cost $30 billion.