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last updated: October 5, 2005

Les Minguettes


This estate is located in Vénissieux, an industrial town of the Lyon agglomeration and is one of the most problematic areas of the city, in terms of economic level, social problems and inclusion policies. Most of the dwellings are in the social rented sector: 54 blocks and 62 towers have been built, while 13 have already been demolished since the end of the 1980s.

This neighbourhood is a symbolic place in recent French urban history: events in the 1980s (1981-1983), with their influence on public opinion and the implication of François Mitterrand - the first socialist president of the fifth Republic (1981-1995)-, boosted public policies toward sustainable neighbourhoods. In this context, Les Minguettes has become a live laboratory. It is certainly the housing estate in which it is possible to follow completely all the stages of the French urban policies, with all the various implied actors.

In spite of all the measures already taken, the inhabitants of this area still have low to very low incomes and the population is still decreasing (36,000 inhabitants in 1975, less than 19,000 today). Public policies seem to have failed to improve the situation.