De Mouzaïa Street

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In context : At the hills of eastern Paris : Belleville and Buttes-Chaumont

(From : Les Buttes-Chaumont Park). Exit the park near Botzaris subway station, then take du Général-Brunet street. You'll then find de Mouzaïa street on your left.

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The whole neighbourhood is one the 19th district's jewels. Mouzaïa is the name of a mountain pass in Algeria, where in 1839-1840, French forces led by General Lamoricière fought the troops of Abd el-Kader during the French conquest of Algeria.

The street is located just above the Buttes-Chaumont park. It is the main street in a neighbourhood (the Villas de la Mouzaïa and the Hameau de Danube) made of small alleys and their little houses (about 250, not higher than one story) with flowered gardens and sometimes even a kitchen garden.

Built on top of a former gypsum quarry which have been exploited until 1872 and which (at least it is the popular belief) could have produced the gypsum used to build the White House - hence, maybe, a nearby street bearing the name "des Carrières d'Amérique" -, the neighbourhood was unable to host higher houses, and like so many other neighbourhoods of this kind, was primarily a working-class area. This of course has changed a lot nowadays.

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