Posted by Paul Malo on April 01, 2002 at 10:58:18:
In Reply to: Beaubourg and Paris posted by Jacques Pochoy on April 01, 2002 at 09:52:36:
I often find myself in the odd position of liking the "before' better than the "after." Of course, you can't compare residential buildings with a public museum--apples and oranges--but I see the potential of very liveable quarter in these derelict buildings. It recalls the disaster of "urban renewal" here, when much that was authentic was leveled, to be replace by grand parking lots and scatterd "object buildings"--for little apparent reason other than demonstating "progress" become high-rise structures scattered on the wasteland.
You mentioned a problem in revitalizing this old neighborhood. What happened? Did they level and rebuild? If so, I can understand. I'd prefer to live in one of these old buildings over moving to a new "project" in most instances. "Projects" here often are social disasters, since they create entirely new social situations, becoming more "ghettos" than the old neighborhoods.
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