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Alon Levy

The issue is more class than urban design. Since the late 19th century Paris has been a rich enclave surrounded by low-income suburbs. This discourages Paris from annexing suburbs the way London and New York did - in fact, the post-WW2 French government deliberately kept the city and the suburbs separate in order to prevent the pro-communist working class from being able to elect a communist mayor of Paris. In addition, all the destructive urban renewal that Britain and the US did in central cities, France did in the suburbs, building single-use project towers for the poor using Le Corbusier's designs.


I'm glad you found the interview as interesting as I did! In response to your post, I wrote another post describing some of what I love about the Paris suburbs.

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