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last updated: October 5, 2005

La Ville Nouvelle


This estate, situated on the north fringe of the Lyon agglomeration, houses three-quarters of the population of the town (Rillieux-la-Pape) which has 28,000 inhabitants. This estate is well known in France as it has a concentration of many social problems.

This 'ville nouvelle' (new town) was built between 1961 and 1971 as a ZUP (urban priority zone) and was considered at that time as a model for the new urbanism. Made of big housing blocks, mainly in the social rented sector, it is isolated from the rest of the town (old centre, residential area, rural part). This estate faces all of the difficulties of the eastern suburbs of Lyon: poverty, unemployment, delinquency (mainly juvenile), racism, exclusion. These difficulties are increasing significantly.

Today, in the context of the "politique de la ville" (urban policy), it has been decided to renew the estate and try to partly solve the social problems.