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Pictures of Belleville

Photographs of Rue Sainte-Marthe, boulevard de Belleville, rue de Belleville, boulevard de la Villette, rue Piat, the lycée Diderot, rue de la Grange-aux-Belles, rue Bichat, by photographer David Henry.

For the last eighty years or so, Belleville has been an Algerian neighborhood, or more precisely, north African, there are plenty of people from Morocco and Tunisia also. More generally, Belleville has been a neighborhood of immigration: there are plenty of people from other parts of Europe and Eastern Europe. There is also a significant Jewish population. The interesting thing here is that they are quite mixed in with the North Africans: there are plenty of restaurants in Belleville that offer both North African and Jewish cuisine. In the last 10 years many Asians have moved to Belleville, to the point where the neighborhood has become known as another Chinatown. Regardez cette page en français

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Left untouched by urban renewal of the last 30 years, Rue Sainte-Marthe is an exception in Belleville

Windows and façades on rue Sainte-Marthe, Belleville

Apartment buildings, artist studios and clothing boutiques on Rue Sainte-Marthe.

Shop storefronts on rue Sainte-Marthe, the 10th arrondissement

On weekdays, rue Sainte-Marthe’s many bars and restaurants open after dark, bringing the street to life.

Place Sainte-Marthe on a weekday afternoon

Signs for Asian businesses along the eastern side of rue de Belleville in the 20th arrondissement.

Signs for Asian businesses along the eastern side of rue de Belleville

The Bornibus mustard company’s sign at 58, boulevard de la Villette.

The Bornibus mustard company’s sign on boulevard de la Villette

A delegation in a Chinese New Year’s parade marches up rue de Belleville.

A delegation in a Chinese New Year’s parade marches up rue de Belleville

This how my neighborhood looks on a nice, sunny day. The laundromat has closed. Soon after it closed I saw sign saying, «Fermature définitive: Changement d’activité». I wondered what the next activities would be, but not for long because soon after I saw huge piles of fruits and vegetables inside. This told me that the storefront would become another market.

This how the neighborhood looks on a nice, sunny day

The lycée Diderot at 60, boulevard de la Villette was an artist’s squat until it was closed in 2001.

The lycée Diderot at 60, boulevard de la Villette

I took this picture just after a heavy, noisy hale storm, when the sun came out fiercely.

A view of a courtyard just after a hale storm

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