Latin Quarter of Paris has changed because of Coronavirus

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The pandemic caused a lot of closed-shops. In this period so difficult for all world, even Latin Quarter is not what it used to be. This one, does not correspond to a real division of Paris.

Why Latin Quarter has changed?

Latin Quarter name derives from the use of Latin that was Made in the courses of medieval schools and universities that still have their headquarters there. First of all the Sorbonne, which was founded in 1253. The district extends on the “rive gauche” of the Sein, between two arrondissements, the V and the VI. It goes from Saint-Germain-des-Prés to the Luxembourg Gardens. The Quarter is home to a lot of tiny cinemas, where , before pandemic, people flocked to go and look at the classics for a few euros. Together with the ancient bookstores whose dusty windows display yellowed books stacked up to the ceiling. Gilbert Jeune bookstores had been in crisis for some time. The owner said, the closure was the consequence of the crisis caused by coronavirus and the progressive emptying of the neighborhood.

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The consequences of gentrification

In addition to the inhabitants, it is the economic activities of these neighborhoods that suffer the consequences of gentrification. They must close due to increase rents’ price. if they manage to adapt to the needs of new inhabitantas, they can increase their business. But in many cases, precisely to preserve their originality, they choose not to modernize. This whole process has a paradoxical effect: many gentrified neighborhood, including the Latin Quarter of Paris, have over time become victims of their own success. Even the closure of the Gilbert Jeune Bookstores is the consequence of gentrification. Over 42% of the bookstores in the Latin Quarter have disappeared in the last twenty years.

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