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Old Marseille, New Marseille March 7, 2008

Posted by gordonwatts in Marseille.

IMG_1178 It is hard to believe that these two buildings are actually one building. The difference is the residents and store front for the left building sprung for a cleaning and the ones on the right didn’t.

This is typical Marseille. The town has a reputation for being dirty – you’ve never seen so much dog-poop on the sidewalks. But Marseille is changing. The tourists are starting to show up. Whole city blocks are being renovated and turned into relatively expensive condos. Cruise ships are now a regular sight at the main port. The gentrification I watched happen in Wicker Park in Chicago is happening here too.

I really hope that Marseille doesn’t loose its character in this process. There is something rough and tumble and alive about this city — similar to Chicago (vs., say, LA). I’m not worried – this is the Mediterranean – and there is a certain way of life that can not be gentrified away. 🙂

To really get an idea of how dirty the stone is click through to the larger photo sizes.



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