July 01 2014

From the Last Council Meeting of the Saint-Merri Neighborhood, Paris

The last meeting of the council of the Saint-Merri neighborhood was an opportunity for the municipality of the 4th Arrondisement to speak – plans on the boards – about the adjustments to the study concerning access to the Saint-Merri pool and school. “Vivre le Marais!” has not stopped discussing the upkeep and cleanliness issues now that numerous children are visiting this place everyday. This is a real shame for this complex facing the Centre Pompidou.

Saint-Merri, Paris

A project that is not yet in the study phase was also presented during this meeting. It proposed filling the basin along the Rue du Renard and taking another look at the sidewalk where the Rue Saint-Merri branches off. Barriers and bollards would protect and facilitate pedestrian circulation. It was made clear that a few days later, during the meeting about the Rue Rambuteau (note: our article from June 14th 2014), the mayor of the 4th, Christophe Girard had emphasized that the Paris Municipality was amenable to extending the study concerning the location where the Rue Beaubourg and Renard split, including between Rambuteau and Rivoli.

We are impatient to learn more about progress on the project, even if the mayor (who remembers his engagement while campaigning on this topic) has been prudent and already prevented the studies from taking too much time. 

Two other files were presented during the meeting. One was on the 6th edition of the Kiosquorama, a “festive, musical, eco-civic and popular” artistic festival, which livens up musical kiosks as well as Franciliens (relating to Ile-de-France) and European gardens on Saturdays and Sundays. The programming is described as “eclectic and attractive.” On the Ile-de-France, this show is planned for next August 31 through October 4. For the Marais, the Clos des Blancs Manteaux (4th) and the Square du Temple (3rd) are the two reserved locations. There has been a call for volunteers and for help from the neighborhood councils.

Saint-Merri, Paris

The last file that we will discuss here relates to a project on the part of the municipality to create an “Accord.” Originating in Quebec, it has to do with a solidarity concept aimed at fighting poverty. To this effect, all members can propose ideas to the inhabitants of their neighborhood with which they associate in order to exchange individual or group services among themselves on the basis of their experience and without any financial compensation.

Some examples of these services are: Giving advice on how to cook, fixing up furniture in exchange for ironing, tailoring, computer repair, language courses, etc. Each offer would appear on the website of the local “Accord.” A time counter would keep contributed and received time, counted not in terms of money but in time checks. And so, we end up in a benevolent and sharing world, a small-scale version of Saint-Simonianism.

What are some successful ways that you’ve experienced running a neighborhood or HOA meeting?

Original article, published in French, can be found here.

Credits: Images and data linked to sources.

Bora Mici

Bora Mici has a background in design and online writing. Most recently, she has worked as an online contributor for DC Mud, Patch.com, GoodSpeaks.org and WatchingAmerica.com, covering urban planning and visual and performing arts in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, as well as topics related to the environment and human rights; editing and translating news articles from around the world. She has also participated in design projects of various scopes, including modular housing, design guidelines, and campus and community planning. Her interests include sustainable projects in the public interest.

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