Category Archives: Paris walls

Sorting out the city

The organization of Paris into its 20 arrondissements, spiralling out from the Ile de la Cité, seems so well established that you may be surprised to learn that the arrangement is only 150 years old. Today’s arrondissements date from exactly … Continue reading

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Concentric circles

Most cities are messy-looking entities, sending tentacles out into the surrounding areas, sprawling like inkblots or oozing along coastlines. The City of Paris is as neatly packaged as an egg within the Periphérique motorway, which follows the line of a … Continue reading

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