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Paris Diary: Income Inequality
While stories of $100 million apartments in New York City make one wonder where the world is going, the 19th century certainly had its own 1%, and quite a 1% it was. The elegant home of banker Salomon de Rothschild is located in the middle of the fashionable 8th arrondissement, close to the Champs Elysées. It was built in the 1870’s, not long after the Paris Commune, a revolutionary uprising with socialist goals.
The building and grounds have been in the hands of the French state since 1922. The mansion now houses the Centre National de la Photographie and other cultural entities, and it can be rented for private events. The graceful garden is open year-round to the public.
How much would such a residence be worth today? Could a Master of the Universe afford one? We certainly don’t see hedge fund founders building homes on Fifth Avenue any more.
Addendum: French President Paul Doumer was assassinated in the Rothschild mansion’s garden on May 6, 1932.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…