The Petite Ceinture is a 17 mile railway circumscribing central Paris. It was built in 1852 to connect the Gares of Paris, became one of the world's first suburban transit systems, and fell into disuse during the 1930's as the Paris Metro succeeded it in efficiency. Today it is abandoned and little known, preserved by indecision over its future. It is a retreat from the city, and a home for underground culture. In places raised up, depressed or underground, it is an exceptional place to look back upon the city of Paris.
This is a rough journal of what I've found on the P.C. as well as during walks around Paris.

vendredi 18 juillet 2008

Useful maps from APUR

Recently discovered the Prefecture of Paris, and its APUR dept (Atelier Parisien d'Urbanisme) They produce analytic studies, and their attendant maps of various kinds throughout and around Paris (however, they don't have a basic, highly detailed paper map!).

Distribution of Places of Commerce and Residence

Pretty great map - major views from the Ceinture back into Central Paris. Am working on a similar diagram. I like the graphics, and contour underlay. I think it would be interesting to have a similar diagram that showed views out toward the Banlieu also.

Intersection between Petite Ceinture and metro lines

Classis map of the original Petite Ceinture and its stations

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