The Quartier Massena is one of three districts along the left bank of the River Seine in Paris’s 13th arrondissement. The district is part of a compact, mixed-use, and pedestrian and cycle friendly new development built in the early 1990s on former rail yards, warehouses, and industrial land.


Paris Rive Gauche is an area experiencing the emergence of a thriving district with local shops and services. According to SEMAPA, almost 20,000 residents, 30,000 students, lecturers and researchers, and 60,000 workers cross paths every day. The area also benefits from ten hectares of green spaces and 2,000 trees. In addition, unlike much of Paris where buildings generally follow a standard design code, the area offers a broad mix of building styles.

Reasons for success

The Quartier Massena integrates residential, work, retail and entertainment activities into one area. As such, everyday destinations are mixed together, as opposed to concentrated in separate spaces, thus making many trips short and walkable. The diverse, mixed-use neighbourhoods also allow for more varied, rich and interesting streetscapes, with diverse street activities at all hours.xxxv

When/why a city might adopt an approach like this

Cities with underutilised space may be interested in replicating the example of Quartier Massena as an example of providing for a range of daily activities within one neighbourhood.

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The Quartier Massena integrates residential, work, retail and entertainment activities into one area
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