Man Who Lit Up Paris
“Mr. Christiansen’s book is a highly readable introductory text, not an academic treatise. He does not propose a new perspective on the crafty and imperious baron and his illustrious works, nor does he engage other historians in the lively debates surrounding him.”[‘City of Light’ Review: The Man Who Lit Up Paris – WSJ]
“The most critical issue they faced, one that always stymies public works in densely built areas, was how to acquire the vast amounts of land needed without delay. Haussmann was a pragmatist: He resolved early on to pay generous compensation to property owners, and he did. While being conscientious about costs, he proceeded with a simple conviction that money would be no object. Haussmann had little problem in assembling lands for his projects. He did, however, simplify the process a great deal by insisting on legislation that prevented landowners from recourse to the courts—for Haussmann, while trying his best to make landowners happy, never accepted “no” for an answer. ”[‘City of Light’ Review: The Man Who Lit Up Paris – WSJ]
[ Reviewed Unto Righteousness Below ]
City of Light: The Making of Modern Paris by Rupert Christiansen should be required reading for anyone involved in city management and growth.
The painting Avenue de l’Opera, Sunlight, Winter Morning, 1898 by Camille Pissarro for anyone with a wall large enough to appreciate such a work of art.
The concept of rebuilding a city seek out a wise man like Solomon and rebuild your spiritual wall and city within.
- “Towards the end of 1897 Pissarro rent a room in the Hotel du Louvre situated on the Place du Palais Royal. This allow him views of the Rue Saint-Honore, the Avenue de l’Opera, and the Place du Theatre Francais. The subjects presented from his room in the hotel posed quite different problems from those experienced while painting the Boulevard Montmartre. While the latter were enclosed like a funnel, the Place du Theatre Francais and the Avenue de l’Opera were open and spacious. The building, the roundabouts, and the Avenue itself allowed Pissarro to establish the framework of his composition, but he also had to contend with moving traffic and pedestrians entering and leaving the Place du Theatre Francais from a variety of directions. ” [The Avenue de l’Opera, Sunlight, Winter Morning, 1898 by Camille Pissarro]
Solomon rebuilt the cities that Huram had given to him, and settled the people of Israel in them. (2 Chronicles 8:2)
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In 1853, French emperor Louis Napoleon inaugurated a vast and ambitious program of public works in Paris, directed by Georges-Eugène Haussmann, the prefect of the Seine. Haussmann transformed the old medieval city of squalid slums and disease-ridden alleyways into a “City of Light” characterized by wide boulevards, apartment blocks, parks, squares and public monuments, new rail stations and department stores, and a new system of public sanitation. City of Light charts this fifteen-year project of urban renewal which–despite the interruptions of war, revolution, corruption, and bankruptcy–set a template for nineteenth and early twentieth-century urban planning and created the enduring landscape of modern Paris now so famous around the globe.
Lively and engaging, City of Light is a book for anyone who wants to know how Paris became Paris.
City of Light: The Making of Modern Paris by Rupert Christiansen