Archives of a changing department

I just spent a good afternoon in the library and managed to compile a mini archive ofmapsrelating to some of changes in our region. Its a bit all over the place right now but you get the idea.

Above and below show val de marne in the mid 18th and 19th century, before being partially annexed by Paris 

Above shows how the borders of Paris have changed relative to Ivry and her surrounding regions and below shows how Paris has overflown everybarrier set up to protect it. Grand Paris effectively sees the modern defensive fortification, the boulevard peripherique, overflowing its concrete boundaries.

I include the image below, a recent map produced by the Mairie of Villejuif, showing how traffic and movement will be affected by the haussmanisation  oublic works currently underway.

Paris is essentially a massive basin. The geographical reality of which is most obvious when you go anywhere by bike. Going inwards towards the centre is a rolling descent whereas coming home you’refaced with intimidating hills that make living in Villejuif a pain in the arse. Historically the topography was a a factor that reinforced the local identity of the banlieux, an effect that is minimised with modern public transport. 

But despite claiming to rule overits neighbours, Paris has long relied on its villages to manufacture its goods, look after its waste, and bury its dead.

The last maps below refer to archaeological finds and prehistoric remains in Kremlin Bicestre, Vitry and Ivry. Ive included them here as they make me think about how long people have been using this territory, and how the boundaries of occupiedland were once geographic rather than relating to any government or politic.Rungisfor example, is now a massive wholesale market the sizeof an airportwith neatly laid out refridgerator units making it hard the believe there was once neolithic settlement.


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