Jews, Gays and Government-Sponsored Gentrification: A Culture of Change in Paris’ Most Storied ‘Hood

On The Right Bank, located in central Paris, nestled amongst the third and fourth administrative districts, sits a quaint district called the Marais. Today, the neighborhood is home to designer clothing boutiques, haut stationary ateliers, and exclusive chocolate and macaron shops. Its North American equivalent is SoHo, but the Marais, for the most part, boasts more cobblestoned streets and other architectural accents. Long before a three-storied Starbucks positioned itself as the centerpiece of the Marais’ Rue de Rivoli and Sandro became the crown jewel at the intersection of Rue Vieille…