1,000 trees will be planted as part of the tramway project,
in an effort to improve air quality in
Tramway construction near the Porte de Versailles in the 15th arrondissement.
This government building is part of a large complex that stretches along the southern border of the 15th. There are many large employers in this area, so good public transport here is a must.
Yesterday we walked to the tramway construction site at the southernmost edge of the 15th arrondissement (our arrondissement). I wanted to see the tramway construction site.
This tramway is
being built because the public transportation system in
Supposedly, construction of the tramway will encourage more Parisians to leave their cars parked and take public transport instead.
The construction of the tramway has been a real pain for neighbors and businesses in the area. So the city government tried to make it up to them by throwing a party for them on the 31st. I read about it too late for us to go, but we walked by there last night just to see what kind of havoc has been wreaked.
There were plenty of people in the brasseries along the construction route, at least in the evening when the noise and workers had gone, so I don’t think the businesses are suffering too much. At least, I hope not.
Ah, yes, we are in
And the kiosquers have announced that about 10 percent of
them will go on strike starting Monday.
These are the newsstands that you see all over
Another union was busily demonstrating outside the Musee Bourdelle in the 15th arrondissement yesterday. This museum, dedicated to the work of sculptor and painter Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, is owned by the city but is, like other city owned museums, seeking to supplement its funds by renting out its facilities occasionally.
Two days ago, the museum allowed Pampers, the baby products company, to rent out a room there for a private, by invitation only, party. It was part of a promotion for a new soap for kids. The museum is perfect because the kids involved can run around and touch the sculptures, which are all very sturdy.
But the museum workers union thinks it is really inappropriate to be using city facilities and city employees for private (read “capitalistic”) functions.
So they installed themselves on the sidewalk outside the museum to pass out leaflets explaining the problem and their position.
We had dinner last night at one of our favorite places, Oh! Duo, on avenue Emile Zola near the apartment. Madame and Monsieur Valero were very warm and welcoming toward us. I think we’ve been dining there for five or so years now. The food is wonderful. I had a croustillant with foie gras, and rabbit. Tom had a shrimp salad and steak. I guess I’m the one who eats more like a French person.
The faces didn’t look so glum as they did at La Gaulloise
the other night. Conviviality is returning