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July 29, 2016

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Rue Dénoyez Revisited

by soundlandscapes

I LAST FEATURED rue Dénoyez, the plein air art gallery in the 20th arrondissement, in this blog in November 2014. At that time, under the banner Sauvons la rue Dénoyez – Save rue Dénoyez, a petition had been drawn up to challenge a plan by the local authority to demolish part of rue Dénoyez and replace the artists’ workshops and galleries with subsidised housing and a community centre.

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‘Sauvons la rue Dénoyez’ – November 2014

The other day, I went back to rue Dénoyez to see what has happened since I was last there.

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Rue Dénoyez – July 2016

The development proposal calls for the buildings between N°18 bis and N° 22 bis to be demolished and replaced with 18 subsidised housing units and a crèche as well as the redevelopment of N° 24 and N° 26 rue Dénoyez and N°10 Rue de Belleville into 29 subsidised housing units and a community centre.

Despite the petition opposing the development receiving 10,000 signatures in six months it seems the project is still going ahead.

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Although the demolition work was due to have been completed by April this year I found that little seems to have happened so far except that the occupants have left and the buildings stand hauntingly empty.

Undaunted though, I found one street artist still leaving his mark.

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A soundwalk in rue Dénoyez:

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At the end of my soundwalk I came upon a man who had lived in rue Dénoyez in the early 1970s and he reflected upon life here in those days.

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If all goes to plan, work on the new development will be completed in the spring of 2018.

While new social housing is to be welcomed one can’t help feeling that some of the character of this unique street will be lost in the process. As the man who spoke to me said, “il faut que ça change”.

You can see the presentation prepared by the local authority about the new development here.

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. hmunro
    Jul 30 2016

    I’m so sad to see the buildings shuttered, and to know that soon many of them will be torn down! As you say, subsidized housing and community services are a good thing — and a necessity. But it seems a shame that they should be built at the expense of a thriving micro-community. Now I’m even more grateful for the walk we took together a year ago in November …

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    • Aug 3 2016

      Thanks, Heather.

      I think we saw the best of rue Dénoyez in 2014. It’s certainly very different today. I shall go back again and report on further progress as it happens.

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      • hmunro
        Aug 3 2016

        Although it will sadden me greatly to see this “progress,” I do look very much look forward to your reports. (You’re my favorite source of Paris news, after all.)

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