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  • Belleville for the people!

    Belleville is a political neighborhood.  Maybe that is why I am drawn to it.  Most people vote left--socialist, communist, etc.  In the late 1800's, one out of ten Parisian anarchists lived in Belleville and the area played a central role in the Commune. Belleville is up high--the highest spot in Paris is in it--and it…
  • Different Worlds

    There are many worlds in the 19e and 20e. Who lives in this building with the creative tile work? I imagine an artist lives there. The neighborhood is dotted with artist studios. They beautify and add interest to the area and also challenge its visual norms.   There is street art, too. Sometimes one piece…
  • Real Belleville

    Sunday, I saw a completely other side of Belleville at the Parc de Belleville belvedere.  I went because there is always something going on there on Sundays.  What I saw was the tale end of a festival called "Belleville en Vrai" (Real Belleville).  It's the tenth year of this three-day festival which includes, I discovered,…
  • Skull soldier with skulls all around him--painted on the wall with flower pot and flowers below.

    Anarchist Neighborhood

    Belleville is a good place for political art.  Here are a few known ones.  The skull soldier showing that war means death (not career advancement) always has a well taken care of plant just below it, making the tableau complete.  Mad Marx, who I posted last year, seems to have acquired some friends (or did…
  • Yellow flyer with people in the background.

    “One is not born, but becomes, Yellow Vest”

    Zigzag.  Out with the old, in with the new.  We're not quite sure where we're going.  But we know what we want to leave: 'flexible' workplaces where people don't matter; universities more like biological processes than forums for deliberation and debate; institutions that thrive by making  others precarious, isolated, displaced and hungry.  Without knowing the shape…
  • Change Accomplished

    History rolled into the neighborhood this weekend.  I wish the Garat/Humphrey House had stayed in its general original location and been part of a historical gateway to UNR.  But if that was not to be permitted, at least the lovely building was given a new home and not demolished.  Welcome to the neighborhood!
  • Changing Places

      Good-bye to this craftsman style, Chinese influenced, UNR gateway area house, neatly set up to move to another neighborhood, Reno’s Old Southwest.  The university is putting a massive new Business Building in the house’s place.     Porthole windows and Chinese detail grace the building.  But a piece is missing!     In pieces,…

  • Change, Rolling Around Town

    In old neighborhoods, we use the past to imagine a future. It's not quite the same when material history rolls around town.  Here's a strong old house--once a paragon of stability.  Is it about to be wheeled off?  Or has it just been wheeled in?  Is it coming?  Or going?     It looks lonely.…