Thursday, December 17, 2009
More Signs of the Apocalypse - Paris is the new Dubai
One century ago, technology was threatening Paris with changes that already had them talking about the "Manhattanization" of Paris. Elevators and steel frames made it possible to build higher than before, railroads, subways and buses changed the concept of the neighborhood, the electric light alleviated the need for daylight in buildings. Buildings like the traditional Parisian apartment house -- a five or six story type with courtyards, gracious, well-lit stairways and shallow, naturally-well-ventilated apartments -- were considered obsolete in some quarters.
The future of Paris was debated in the French National Assembly. Codes were passed which still determine the character and look of Paris. One representative stood up in the assembly and said that the citizens of Paris have two rights, Justice and Beauty.
Your post indicates that some in the media are finally getting around to noting vaguely what some of us have been telling you in detail about Sarkozy and Delanoe's plans for Paris. . . for the past several months.
Better late than never, as mom always said.
Posted by: Mary Campbell Gallagher at Dec 18, 2009 10:42:58 AM