Dominique David  

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Disregarding the hordes of tourists that flood into it, the Butte remains a village despite that. A village, partly genuine and partly carboard cut-out, with its shady small squares, its lamp posts, its steep streets and its stairs, its vineyard, its uneven cobblestones. Its village charms, that are now old-fashioned, understandably attracted artists and free spirits throughout the 19th century until the early 20th century.
Born from Napoleon's will to improve the capital's sanitation by supplying drinkable water from the Ourcq, a river springs up a hundred kilometers from Paris, the Canal Saint-Martin and Canal de l'Ourcq are inaugurated in 1825. River transport of foodstuffs and construction material, needed by Paris's growth, quickly finds its place in this context.