Contested Ecologies: Environmental Activism and Urban Space in Immigrant Paris



In 2007, the City of Paris unveiled the Jardins d'Éole, a new park built in a low-income, predominately immigrant district of the city. The park resulted from an environmentalist mobilization led by residents and is an innovative example of sustainable urban design. This article highlights the spatial contestation surrounding the mobilization to build and design the park, and its impact upon class-based, gendered, and ethno-racial inequalities in Paris. It suggests that a complex environmental arena is reshaping the urbanization process in contradictory ways, at times providing residents a new means to confront injustices, while at other moments reproducing socio-spatial inequalities.