From the Bassin de Séon to the foothills of the Massif de l'Étoile, along the banks of the Aygalades and the rue de Lyon, the North of Marseille carries a singular and contradictory yet well-known mythology. While the idle bourgeois lifestyle of the 19th century has long given place to an industrial and working-class identity, the hazardous blend of , contrasts and divisions, so typical of Marseille's northern suburbs, is about to be replaced by a more supervised and planned city.
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