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How Hidalgo and Brossat want to bring the middle classes back to Paris

It is a known statistic: Paris lost 53,000 inhabitants between 2012 and 2017. The municipality has never denied these figures and justifies it by the decrease in the birth rate, the increase in the number of deaths, the multiplication of tourist accommodation Airbnb type and the vacancy of second homes. But it is also a fact: even if it is one of the priorities displayed by Anne Hidalgo for her second term, housing the middle classes and large families is the number 1 concern of Parisians.

A sign of these difficulties, in an already very dense city, available land is a scarce resource. And even when operations are planned by the Town Hall, densification is met with the refusal of residents already installed. Latest example: the cancellation on January 8 of a building permit in the 16th arrondissement. At 56-58 rue Erlanger over 9,300 square meters and nine floors, the city’s social landlord, Paris Habitat, wants to renovate a school to build an associative crèche, 55 social housing, a social residence, a shop and a parking lot. The Paris Administrative Court considers that “Even if the intention to develop a social mix in the neighborhood and …

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