I don't wish to sound ungrateful, because this is a very interesting and informative thread, but you did miss a very interesting little stretch.
Here a modern block has been cunningly placed over the old tracks where they cross rue Petit in the 19e
And here is the pretty little pedestrian bridge where rue de la Mare was rudely bisected by the line beside the Menilmontant station in the 20e. Note the station has completely disappeared under the shrubbery.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
I've just gone through the first part of this thread again and I'm again struck by the time and attention you spent documenting the details. It's even more interesting to me since I recognized some of the PC while on my last visit to Paris. On your first page there are photos of at least two overpasses that have been rebuilt for no apparent reason. I'm wondering if SNCF rebuilt the overpasses as a continuing effort to lay ownership claim to the overpass space.
Tonight, I finally got a chance to visit the old "Ornano" station at Porte de Clignancourt. It was reopened a few months ago as an alternative bar/restaurant/event venue and has become wildly popular in that short time. It is called "La Recyclerie" ("the recycling place") and one of the things that makes it so pleasant is because it really is assembled from bric-à-brac and all sorts of things that people were dumping. It doesn't look much from the outside, because if they weren't going to spend much on the interior, they were certainly not going to knock themselves out on the outside of the building.
Work is just beginning on another station that was bought by the city of Paris -- the Porte de Saint Ouen station, which will have all of this same stuff and also a place for concerts. But that station is being completely renovated, so it won't be ready for two more years.
They have definitely laid brand new tracks on the petite ceinture in the 17th arrondissement. But why? I found an article dating from 2011 saying that they were maintaining the rail line "just in case it is needed in the future." I have to admit that we regret so many things that were demolished in the past and often say "if only they had kept that!" Time will tell.
Meanwhile, not very far away, the railway line has come back to a different kind of life. It's really kind of hard to accept that this is Paris in the year 2016.
Goodness gracious! Yes, I'll bet you hustled off that bus. Any idea when this encampment began? I wonder if it grew from one or two shacks, or if it was a bunch of people colonizing at the same time. Most of them seem to have chimneys.
I haven't looked at this wonderful thread in a long time and find it hugely ironic that the middle of the page features a delightful restaurant, walkway, seating area & market all created from discarded materials. The encampment fails to be as delightful in its hardscrabble use of materials. Any idea of who the inhabitants might be? How does the city deal with this, as the sanitary implications are grim.
That is a typical Roma camp -- mostly Romanians and Bulgarians and therefore EU citizens with full rights to settle in any other EU country. I would imagine that it started with several dozen families who were kicked out of another location. I have no idea whether they scout out future possibilities ahead of time or if they just find them when the need arises. There is another much smaller camp right at the beginning of the A1 autoroute leaving Paris, in full sight of every driver heading north.
When a camp is destroyed dismantled, everybody is housed in temporary locations for at least two weeks, but this does not suit their lifestyle since it separates the groups and is generally in a location where they do not want to be. Frankly they react pretty much the same way we might react if we were forced out of our homes, but of course they put up with it better since they are used to not having running water, electricity or toilets. Social workers visit such places regularly and try to get the children in school and give medical assistance to those in need (they are all eligible for 100% free medical care, which is something that outrages conservative elements in the country) and to try to find more permanent solutions for the people who want them. Unfortunately, "permanent" does not at all suit the lifestyles of the majority.
The Roma camp on the rails at Porte des Poissonniers was evacuated this morning starting at 7:30 a.m. It wasn't at all a surprise raid as the residents had been informed of the schedule several days ago and more than half of them had left the camp by last night. There were 135 shacks in all, with a population of about 400 people.
Here is the original access created by the residents. Not advisable for the elderly or disabled.
There wasn't the possibility of taking much with them, so the shacks were left pretty much as they were. Municipal authorities were checking inside for abandoned babies or whatever.
no need to do the dishes
The demolition crew was hard at work. The camp must completely disappear before nightfall.
This time the Roma residents were a bit better organised and had time to form a building association. Many of them are carpenters, masons, plumbers, etc., so all they are asking for is a piece of nearby land on which to build their own village. The authorities have mixed feelings about this because while it is good that the people are being a little more dynamic, the creation of a closed community is not at all in line with the goals of integration to French society. I'm sure there will be more on the matter, but probably not on the "petite ceinture" thread! Who knows?