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Commotion on Boulevard Charonne

For years, I’ve passed this building around the corner from me on Boulevard Charonne and wondered why it hadn’t yet been squatted. It’s a huge abandoned space that could definitely be put to better use.

Well, looks like I wasn’t the only one thinking along those lines.

Though actually, it was the huge abandoned building next door to it that became the site of the scene. (I guess the former post office building just intrigued me more).

Site of a scene, Boulevard Charonne

On Saturday, 100 people from the group CIP-IDF (Coordination des Intermittents et Precaires – Ile-de-France) took over the building located at 63-65 Boulevard Charonne and were forcibly taken out by police. This group was apparently evicted from another space in the 19th and has been petitioning the Mairie de 11eme for awhile now to move into this one. No response.

I walked by the building just as things were starting. I saw about 20 policemen already on the street and many more police vans driving up, one after the other, rapid-fire. Continue reading ‘Commotion on Boulevard Charonne’

Vernissage, 59Rivoli

59 Rue de Rivoli

I don’t want to be a starving artist. But I have a thing for starving artists.

You live in a squat? You don’t have a job? Beautiful art-maker, from whence do you come?

59 Rue de Rivoli is a former squat on one of Paris’ busiest shopping streets. Now owned by the city, it’s still home to many artists working there for cheap.

(Does the fact that it’s now the Aftersquat – real name- make it less cool? Don’t know, but my friend Dani works there, and she rules).

Sometimes the shoes as good as the show

paris (im)perfect?

Sion Dayson is paris (im)perfect. Writer, dreamer, I moved to France on – no exaggerating – a romantic whim. As you can imagine, a lot can go wrong (and very right!) with such a (non)plan. These are the (im)perfect stories that result.

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