For years, Alexia, Carine, Henri or Guillaume have witnessed the degradation of their block of houses; it is a vicious circle according to them. “The problem is not so much that they deal, but it’s so dirty and violent…”, regrets Carine.
“In the morning, it’s happiness: the streets have been cleaned, it smells good, it’s calm, the shops open… At 6 p.m., they have changed their face”
“Yet the morning is happiness,” says Guillaume. The streets have been cleaned by the city services – who are doing a remarkable job –, it smells good, it’s quiet, the shops open… At 6 p.m., they have changed their appearance. At night, the children cannot sleep because of the noise. “This year, the father of the family has struggled to find a nanny: “She no longer wants to come. As if the west of the market is banned…
Fill hollow teeth
“If we wait any longer, it will become impossible to regain control,” warns Henry. Residents are calling for a vast development plan, which would fill the hollow teeth by bringing back businesses, which would put an end to night and day noise, to urban rodeos, and which would allow everyone to reinvest public space and live together peacefully. , in particular thanks to animations.
“The situation began to deteriorate when the Sovian butcher moved in 2015,” says Alexia. Nobody zoned in front. Today it is a privileged landmark. At the time, a petition had already circulated.
The phenomenon was exacerbated during the first confinement. A big fight broke out. Local residents created the Elie ta rue collective and took action. Since then, they have repeatedly brought together public authorities, elected officials, associative and artistic partners, municipal and national police, urban development actors, mediators. They made them walk their streets, worked out strategies, laid out leads. Not a month has passed without consultation. The last one was last week.
“We are listened to but nothing has changed”
“We are always listened to, but nothing has changed. As soon as we release the pressure, we are forgotten,” they lament. The ban on the sale of alcohol beyond a certain time has been discussed for almost two years. “And look at this building, the promoter Angelys has had to rehabilitate it since 2015… It is walled up, tagged. The police evacuated a squat this winter, why nothing is done? »