Was ‘La Jeune Rue’ a Swindle From the Start?

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A proposed “epicurean street” in Paris, dubbed La Jeune Rue, that was supposed to bring together artisanal craftsmen, top food producers, high-end restaurants and designer fashion shops to completely rejuvenate a nondescript area along the Rue du Vertbois in the Marais has turned out to be the nightmare many predicted. The grandiose plans and guarantees of financial support for all those involved with the project—from construction workers and contractors to the chefs, foodmakers and craftsmen who gave up lucrative shops elsewhere to relocate to the planned zone—have completely fallen apart, according to media reports. Continue Reading →

Does Paris Need ‘Epicurean Street’ La Jeune Rue?

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There’s a bit of a controversy brewing over plans by a wealthy French entrepreneur to turn a largely nondescript area along the Rue du Vertbois in the Marais into an upscale epicurean “village” called La Jeune Rue. Some say the initiative is the next big advance in urban gentrification, while others claim it merely turns the Paris neighborhood into a sort of Disneyland for the well-to-do. What do you think? Continue Reading →