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Music throbs from a bar set up on a patch of scrubland and artists toil in what was once a tire factory. This is the Paris suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis, but not as the locals know it. Around 80 plots of wasteland have been given makeovers in Paris and the surrounding region."We have an area full of enterprising young people and abandoned spaces," said Mireille Alphonse, deputy mayor of the Seine-Saint-Denis town of Montreuil.She is also deputy chief of Est Ensemble ("East Together,") a group of gentrifying Seine-Saint-Denis communities which for the past three years has systematically put out tenders for people to run plots of unused land.
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