Pont Simon-Veille in Bordeaux: front row, the Marcel-Cembut district of Beglais, a preserved island of shops

> This article is taken from the 64-page special issue “New Bridge on the Garonne”, available on newsstands and in “Sud Oost” stores. €3.90.

At the bottom of the paved courtyard, young families come and go on this Tuesday evening, the day to deliver immeasurable baskets to the premises of Redis Noir, an associative café founded by residents in 2011. An essential rallying point, at 37 bis, rue Pauly, in the Beglais district of Marseille-Sambat, this island of shops that is asserting itself against the tide of tremendous real estate growth on its borders will be served first by the Simon-Veille bridge. One cannot exist without the other, but both nurture ambiguous emotions here: apprehension, but…

> This article is taken from the 64-page special issue “New Bridge on the Garonne”, available on newsstands and in “Sud Ost” stores. €3.90.

At the bottom of the paved courtyard, young families come and go on this Tuesday evening, the day to deliver immeasurable baskets to the premises of Redis Noir, an associative café founded by residents in 2011. An essential rallying point, at 37 bis, rue Pauly, in the Beglais district of Marseille-Sambat, this island of shops that is asserting itself against the tide of tremendous real estate growth on its borders will be served first by the Simon-Veille bridge. One does not go without the other but both feed ambivalent feelings here: apprehension, even mistrust, of the pressures of vertical urbanism, a quite natural curiosity for the new Florecais horizon.

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There is no doubt that Auchan and Leroy Merlin will attract new customers along the boulevards, but, spontaneously, at Radis noir, it is the Arkéa Arena that takes the lead among the new places mentioned from Marcel-Sembat. “Berthe forest in Floirac, very nice places near Arkins Island,” adds Anne, the regional officer, a thirty-year-old who is ready to go for a bike ride with the family on Sunday. A bag of vegetables under her arm, two young children in her wake, Leslie sees another down-to-earth virtue: “He’ll still clean the docks,” she wants to believe.

“Spirit of Urban Village”

In “the best neighborhood in the world”, as Anne says, living in an apartment at La Scala, one of Marcel-Sembat’s rare residences, the arrival of the bridge, “it’s perfect”, easily praises Yannick Grandjean, one of the founding members of Radis noir, 51 years old, quality engineer in aeronautics. “He is going to another, and it is another who is coming to you. » However, he admits to “a bit of expectation”: “For us, it’s the urban side that prevails, and we try to maintain the ‘urban village’ spirit, as the city motto says. It’s a real one with us. The belief is, we want to spread this good humor, a certain idea of ​​cosmopolitanism,” he defends.

Rue Pauly, in the heart of the Marseille-Sambaet shopping district, opposite the Redis Noir gate, with a view of the Right Bank hills in the background.


Rue Pauly, in the heart of the Marseille-Sambaet shopping district, opposite the Redis Noir gate, with a view of the Right Bank hills in the background.

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A proud “civic” neighborhood, criss-crossed by a variety of organizations, from the Neighborhood Committee to the Radis Noire, including the Ephemeral Garden, another activist hub, Marcel-Sambat is historically anchored on the left. A look at the results of the last European elections to be sure: polling station number 6 showed 23% of the vote for Glucksmann (PS-Place Public), 16.7% for Toussaint (EELV), 14% for Bardella (RN), 13.8. % for Aubry (LFI), 13.1% for Hayer (Presidential Majority) or even 4.6% for Deffontaines (PC) (1).

If Yannick Grandjean, frankly, fears seeing Marcel-Sembat’s identity weakened, it’s because the Simon-Veil bridge quickly brings back the bustling contours of the old working-class district. After investing in the areas around Saint-Jean Station and the Right Bank, the Public Development Agency is working on 77 hectares of the promised future Concert Development Zone (ZAC) in Bagels, near the Euratlantic Quays. A critical point: By 2040 there are 4,000 to 5,000 housing units announced.

“Mixed” feeling

Bridging the Euratlantic perimeter between Bordeaux, Florec and Bagels, the bridge leaves a “mixed” feeling in Virginie, 43, coordinator of the medico-social sector: “I don’t want to do an eight-story tour around my house. Who says the bridge says the emergence of the district, and say is Euratlantic. We are not against urban densification, but there is a limit: we will not be able to welcome people here. » Those who would be tempted to stick to the label of “Gaelic village” Yannick Grandjean firmly opposes the need to “support development”. .

But, provoked by the urban planning choices that led to Amédie-Saint-Germain in Bordeaux, on the other side of the boulevards – the minerality and the number of floors of the buildings -, two sets of neighborhood associations, Ville 3D and Euratlantide, keep an eye on the fate of the Béglaise ZAC, even if it means passing, To his left, Clément Rossignol Puech, environmentalist mayor and incidentally, president of the board of directors of EPA Euratlantique.

The housing crisis

However, opinions remain divided, including the delivery of daily fruit and vegetable baskets. Annie, again: “Within about 500 meters, I can find everything I need. every weekend and wonderful people, a social spirit and a crazy mix at school, children from families in squats and others with swimming pools,” she explains in a burst of enthusiasm. “Not everyone has the opportunity to live their ecological commitment. Even in the countryside you have to take a car. . »

“I don’t want to have eight-storey towers around my house. Who says the bridge says the emergence of the district, and says the Euratlantic”

A plea that she can’t bring herself to oppose EurAtlantic’s design: “We know the housing crisis, and I’m not against the idea of ​​welcoming new people, nor against the idea of ​​seeing buildings go up. . » After the Simon-Veil Bridge, it is the second bridge that will have to be built between the “old” Marseille-Sembut and the Baglais Euratlantique, but it will have to be done in an urban planning les.

(1) Nationally: 13.8% for Glucksmann, 5.5% for Toussaint, 31.4% for Bardella, 9.9% for Aubry, 14.6% for Hayer and 2.4% for Deffontaines.

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