The Cultural Evolution of Paris
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"Indeed it is through a precise repertoire of looks and glances that a 'physiology' of the city, moral as much as physical, is mapped out. The visual ordering of space has become a vehicle for articulating cultural values" (Green, 12)

5.1 Renoir, The Grand Boulevards

The quote above illustrates how the geography of Paris changed in the nineteenth century, largely due to cultural changes that were simultaneously happening in Paris. These changes were centered in and around the northwest bank of the Seine- an area that became widely known as the center of fashionable society. This came to happen mainly due to technological innovations, economic changes, and changing ideals within the Paris community.

5.2 Northwest quadrant of Paris-1847



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