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From the Mayor's Desk: We'll Always Have Paris

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Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
4/9/2014 3:01:20 PM
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France's News in English
Here's a neat blog I came across when researching that article. An entertaining way for Anglophonic Francophiles (yes!) to keep up with le tout Paris.

 

 

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
4/9/2014 2:59:47 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Les Halle's
I agree, Susan.  Much of Les Halles looked like an anonymous shopping district from anywhere.

kq4ym
kq4ym  
4/9/2014 11:43:35 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: More fitting accompaniment
With getting re-elected or at least keeping one's job for as long as possible, it's not easy for Mayors to do what one would think they're hire to do, run a city. But, at least the foibles make for good reading, and an astute PR person could run with the "bad" news and keep their client's name before the public, maybe even re-electing them, despite the buffoonery.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
4/7/2014 1:08:37 PM
User Rank Blogger
More fitting accompaniment
Not sure that a tuba is the best choice; I mean, it certainly is bumbling enough for a buffoon like Ford. But I'm thinking the wa-wa-wa-waaaaa of a muted trumpet (clarinet?) may be a more fitting accompaniment for His Honor.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
4/7/2014 1:02:10 PM
User Rank Blogger
Il faut nager
The pools in/on the Seine have long and storied historical prcedents. You definitely wouldn't want to swim in the river, but takers of the waters have enjoyed the river for more than a century, from an early Tarzan swimming hole to a more modern counterpart (plus à la mode, bien sûr).

Toby
Toby  
4/7/2014 6:42:12 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Relocation
The loss of Les Halles to Paris is a small tragedy. it was one of the more genuine parts of the city for the tourist to visit. now it is nothing but a bland collection of stores and dull buildings. Same thing happened in London a while back when they moved Covent Garden fruit and veg out to Battersea. Fortunately there are still plenty of the original markets still going in london including Spitalfields which always throws up some interesting things.

 

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
4/7/2014 6:16:01 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Les Halle's
Totally with you on this one, Resurgent phoenix. Having visited Les Halles a few years back when it seemed really at odds with the rhythm of Paris -- a lot of concrete and bad design -- I'm excited to see how this reinvention works out.

And the new public garden is great addition. 

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
4/5/2014 10:39:10 AM
User Rank Burgher
Les Halle's
The new Les Halle's project looked beautiful and the description was nice. It appears to be a nice update of public spaces with the historical yet modern flair!

CitySolver
CitySolver  
4/5/2014 9:43:13 AM
User Rank Blogger
parks and paris
Yes I agree that the lack of park land is an issue but with places like la villette and many mini parks I dont thinks as bad as all that. What may be an issue is areas being neglected in which case green corridors should be created and integrated into the street fabric. What we mus tnot do is use a top down approach to green space in a city that is so complex and has so many years fo development overlays that trying to do so would be as useless as it owuld be offensive to the people of Paris, given its bohemian traditions and serendipitous culture.

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