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Landscape of DiscontentUrban Sustainability in Immigrant Paris$
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Andrew Newman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816689620

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816689620.001.0001

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Poets and Locomotives

Poets and Locomotives

Ecology and Politics on the Margins of Paris

(p.1) 1 Poets and Locomotives
Landscape of Discontent

Andrew Newman

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter 1 examines how northeast Paris was historically produced as a distinct social, cultural, and even ecological zone in the city. As I show, even before becoming strongly identified as immigrant area, it was always a marginal zone associated with the “soiled fog” of railroad yards, the noxious domain of slaughterhouses, and even the charnel ground as it was the location of one of the largest municipal funeral homes. When the area become predominately North African and West African, the discourse of cultural belonging took on an ecological tinge.

Keywords:   Paris, sustainable urban design, green architecture, urban nature, sustainable city, contested city, green gentrification, immigration in Europe, social movements, political ecology

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