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Suburban Road Networks, Paris, 1724-1729

This line shapefile represents road networks of suburban Paris according to 1724-1729 boundaries. Royal power attempted to strengthen the control over the urban expansion of Paris, by establishing new limits beyond which it was forbidden to build under penalty of fines. The 1724-1729 boundaries were the 3rd and last boundary established. It enclosed a space smaller than in the 2nd boundary (1672-1674) and scaled back almost to the limits of the first boundary (1638). There is however a difference of size because, beyond the limit of prohibition, the authorities define in 1724-1729 tract in the suburbs, which already include constructions, and within which it is always possible to build. This 6 categories of terminals were raised from the normative texts: If the terminals of category 1 embodied the end of the city and those in category 2 the beginning of the suburbs, the category 3 to 6 terminals delimit constructed pathways of the suburbs within which it was allowed to build: one distinguished then 2 types of pathways (pathways main or major streets) and cross streets (secondary roads in the suburbs) at the ends of which were posed these additional terminals. The pathways that existed but were not already built in 1724-1729 have not been described and were therefore considered unsuitable. Despite these details on the outskirts, the legislation of 1724-1729, too difficult to enforce, is abandoned in 1765 for the whole of the Parisian suburbsThe ALPAGE programme aims to provide collaborative tools for the Humanities and Social Sciences and for Information Communication Technology (ICT) allowing for the development of research about the Parisian urban area. This aim is achieved by means of a GIS that includes cadastral and historical layers.
Analyse Diachronique de l'espace Urbain Parisien: Approche Geomatique
Paris (France)
Roads and Transportation
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