BYE BYE RED BELT?
Urban transformation in a popular parisian suburb
The red belt is the nickname given in the 30's to the suburban cities surrounding Paris, ruled by the workers' parties. Bagneux, a small city part of the richest department in France, is one of them since 1935. With 65% of social housing (the deparment has average of 28%) and with a great cultural diversity, it’s now being disrupted by major urban changes such as the arrival of the Paris metro and a station of the "Grand Paris Express" network connecting it to the rest of the territory.
With rising real estate prices in Paris and the possibility today of a greater connection to the territory, Bagneux started to appear on the map for young couples and families with purchase power, becoming a territory of attraction. The project "bye bye Red belt?" proposes to reflect on the large scale transformation of this city, and to intertwine the real changes of the territory, visible with the social changes that this implies for the inhabitants, those of always and those of tomorrow trying to answer the question : Who will really benefit from this transformation and how inhabitatns envision the future of the city.
Yves Philippe, 71
" I arrived in 1958 with my family.
Doukanse Fatoumata, 49
" Abdellah AMEKRAZ
55 years old,
Victor Vigoureux, 31.
Childhood referent in a cultural center in the south of the city.
Marie-Hélène Amiable, Mayor PCF (French Communist Party) of the city of Bagneux since 2004.