some emergent markets


we found them! by jhuang
July 9, 2010, 8:42 pm
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We were a little discouraged by the markets we have been visiting because of their lack of energy…until today! We visited 3 markets in the 11th arrondisemont: Popincourt, Belleville, and Pere Lachaise Markets. Without a doubt, Belleville had the most intensity on all accounts:  people, product selection, activity, and competition.

Here are the 3 markets in the 11th:

Popincourt [large and spacious with benches along the path and resting areas near fountains]
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Belleville [it is long and narrow…almost .5 miles…covers 3 metro stops]
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Pere Lachaise [much shorter and calmer version of Belleville]
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We also dropped by an evening market at Place d’Avers by Montmartre and it turned out to be surprisingly pleasant. It was an L shaped market that wrapped around Place d’Anvers.
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urban forest by Daphne Lasky
July 5, 2010, 10:24 pm
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We walked by Place Maubert today, scouting out the street in advance of tomorrow’s market. The skeletal beginnings of market stalls (so different from those in Rome!) already inhabited the median and spilled into the street.

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My favorite part of the set-up was the way the scaffolding wove its way around the site’s trees. The effect was a bit forest-like, with steel and asphalt subbing in for tree bark and moss.



bonjour! by jhuang
July 2, 2010, 7:04 pm
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We are back and are now in Paris!

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a little water? by jhuang
June 18, 2010, 12:11 pm
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As seen in an earlier post on Piazza Farnese, it needs some help.  We would love to see it lively with crowds like the nearby Campo de’ Fiori.  After a couple of weeks of emptiness, we were surprised to see the piazza occupied by an art festival the other day:
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It came across as a fully occupied piazza at first glance, but in closer examination, we were disappointed to find only [sub-par] art with a light sprinkling of visitors.  We think it is because of the heat.  The piazza has so much potential, one of which could be water.  Water seems to attract people both for basic life necessities…

…and for live cobblestone renditions of “Blacktop”:
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Could we bring relief by drawing water from the fountains?  Could we also take advantage of the ground modulation and begin rerouting various quantities of water to potential “wild” vegetated patches?



for daphne by jhuang
June 17, 2010, 8:58 am
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storage sleuthing by jhuang
June 15, 2010, 10:07 am
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Are the days of farm to consumer sales over at Campo de’ Fiori?   Much of the produce seems to come from wholesalers and are then stored close by.  We did a more investigation into where the market vendors store their products which mainly involves one or both of us stalking the storage carts/auto-rickshaw-trucks during clean-up time.

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campo di ombrelloni by jhuang
June 13, 2010, 10:09 am
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Panorama of southeastern half
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Panorama of northwestern half

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