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Moissy-Cramayel, France's Citizens Petition the Deteriorated State of their Downtown

A petition was launched in November 2014 by the citizens and business owners of Moissy-Cramayel, France. By and large, they note the lack of security and upkeep in the center of town. The Mayor, Line Magne, promises changes but asks for time. The title of the petition, addressed to the mayor, was “No to A Dirty and Unsafe

View of town and Gare de Lieusaint-Moissy, Moissy-Cramayel France

A petition was launched in November 2014 by the citizens and business owners of Moissy-Cramayel, France. By and large, they note the lack of security and upkeep in the center of town. The Mayor, Line Magne, promises changes but asks for time.

The title of the petition, addressed to the mayor, was “No to A Dirty and Unsafe Downtown.” The petition counted close to 200 signatures on December 2, 2014, only a week after the petition began. At the origin of these grievances is a group of shopkeepers and inhabitants of the town who are worried about the local businesses. “They are closing one after another,” one remarks. Worse, according to the petitioner's claims, the citizens are “forced to do their shopping in surrounding towns,” because they feel unsafe.

“It seems to me that this petition is politicized,” the Mayor reckons. “I recently announced concrete plans with regards to security, and people will need to wait for those to be put into place and for them to bear fruit.” But for Dorothée Moureaux, from the opposition group Another Future for Moissy-Cramayel, “This petition underlines above all that people are fed up. I started this petition in order to move things along more quickly.”

Gare de Lieusaint Moissy-Cramayel, France parking lot and building

Youth Center Concerns

The youth center proposed by the Mayor’s Office “will open the first week of February ,” indicates Line Magne. She adds that, “measures concerning the municipal police first need to be put into place.” Dorothée Moureaux presses the issue, saying, “There are concrete proposals, to be certain, but we need to see them put into action. To install the youth center in a location where there are lots of problems does not seem very wise to me.”

For business owners, Line Magne claims that support is in the works: “I decided to have all of the local shops who request the service decorated by an artist, in order to help market the boutiques. We are multiplying our efforts.” And to conclude, she adds, “The renovation of downtown is planned. In a year, the Place du 14 Juillet will be more suitable to life. But all of this takes time.”

Have citizens ever taken matters into their own hands regarding the state of your town? If so, how? Share your city's stories in the comments below.

Original article, originally published in French, here.

Credits: Images and data linked to sources.

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Katelyn Hewett recently graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French. During her time at St. Olaf, she enjoyed playing the French Horn in the St. Olaf Band, working as a teaching assistant for first-year...

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