The National Center of Art and Culture (Georges Pompidou Center) first opened its doors to the public in 1997. Today, it attracts some six million visitors a year. But what stood in its place before the center was built? In this month’s Paris, Past and Present, read about the plateau Beaubourg, a neighborhood that came to be known known as Ilot Insalubre N° 1. In the 1930s it was razed to the ground, displacing thousands of people who lived there.
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