Agen: district 6, called… “Mondésir”?

Our readers can also make their suggestions for the new neighborhood names!

Every Wednesday we now go through the different neighborhoods not only to introduce them, but also to help you find “real” names for them, related to their history, their geography or their daily life. After ward 5 last week, today place at number 6, administered by the ward council which has adopted the slogan “The 6 in unison”.

major arteries

When it comes to choosing a name for this district in the extreme southeast of the city, reference can be made to the school of Édouard-Herriot, to the Chabaud Park or even, why not, to the national interest Marché (Min) .

Apart from the zone reserved for the market station, district 6 represents a triangle that would be bounded to the south by the ring road (Avenue de Colmar) that would form its base. The other two sides that meet in the Toussaint district are Avenue Jean-Jaurès to the east and Avenue Georges-Cuvier and then rue Verlaine to the west.
This neighborhood has a very contemporary feel with its wide thoroughfares (rue Aristide-Briand, avenue Édouard-Herriot), squares and esplanades as well as playgrounds for children. Along the avenue Édouard-Herriot there are some local shops. There is also a post office there. Circulation is pleasant in this district, also by car, because there are many free parking spaces. The Édouard-Herriot school center (which houses the Maison de l’Europe) sets the pace for the neighborhood.

Enhancing the very airy side of the neighborhood, Chabaud Park is planted with beautiful trees and is the main attraction of the Tapie-Mondésir block. Lots of locals go there. Both young and old.

Buildings and individual houses

Weather permitting, the tables are taken by storm for family picnics. It is a place conducive to exchanges between the residents who are already a good example of social diversity and the families who come to visit the residents of the Saint-Jean medical residence.

The Edouard-Herriot School is a very lively place, where many recreational and cultural activities are held
Photo Archive – DDM JEAN MICHEL MAZET

Partly transformed over the past twenty years, neighborhood 6 on the side of the Mandiberon block (rue Verlaine, rue Rimbaud, etc.) is characterized by a group of individual houses, almost all of which have a garden. There are still a few “construction bars” from the 1960s (rue Louis-Lavelle) but the neighboring residences (rue Tapie, rue Jules-Massenet, etc.) have largely dethroned them.

The residents of the neighborhood feel somewhat sheltered from the hustle and bustle of the city center and yet can reach it very easily. An established population of foreign descent gives this neighbourhood, which long ago held the bad image it held, a relaxed and good-natured atmosphere. The development of Avenue Jean-Jaurès will enhance the image of a modern neighbourhood, with its own characteristics and way of life but largely open to the outside world.

“The neighborhood has changed its social typology”


What are the main attractions of your neighborhood?
Henriette Magri, chairperson of district council 6: “Our neighborhood has an airy appearance. It is well served by several bus lines. We find local shops, schools but also Chabaud Park, its “green lung” and many playgrounds for children. †

How has your neighborhood developed in recent years?

“Since the early 2000s, the district has been completely rehabilitated, in particular under the impulse of two mayors, Paul Chollet and Jean Dionis du Séjour. Bars of buildings have given way to individual homes, significantly changing the social typology, characterized by a great mix. Our neighborhood thus welcomes members of different communities, but recently also the Saint-Jean medical residence and the families of the residents or even the Dami (reception system for minors immigrants). The development of the rue Aristide-Briand (opposite the 48th RT) has opened up the neighborhood on the Avenue Jean-Jaurès. †

Which projects will they see the light of day soon?

“We want to renovate the sidewalks and roads of several arteries, but to do that we need to complete the ongoing studies on the stormwater network – essential to prevent further flooding. In addition to these road works that will affect several streets, we are going to create a micro-forest (next to the Édouard-Herriot school). As for entertainment, we just organized an egg hunt in Chabaud Park, will we have the Neighbors Day (May 20) or even an inter-district soccer tournament for youngsters. Finally, our neighborhood council donated € 4,000 to the social center to equip its kitchen. †

Avenue de Colmar when it was founded in 1970. It refers to the Alsatian city, whose administrative services (and a large population) took refuge in Agen in 1939. There is also a rue d'Agen in Colmar

Avenue de Colmar when it was founded in 1970. It refers to the Alsatian city, whose administrative services (and a large population) took refuge in Agen in 1939. There is also a rue d’Agen in Colmar
photo municipal archive

A fairly recent urbanization

Before the construction of the town of Tapie-Mondésir, in the first half of the 1960s, the sector was not very urbanized. The names of the places that bore the city bear witness to a rural past. For example, the land register of 1845 mentions a path of Tapie of which the current street Tapie preserves the memory. The winding route of rue Paganel, which stretches along rue Denfert-Rochereau, contrasts with the very straight lines of the other streets in the district. This is because it also belongs to the landscape of the past with its old name: chemin d’Agen à Péchabout, on the cadastral map of 1845. The name of this place itself has been preserved by a road in part of the district that it extends, like an appendage, to the southeast, beyond the avenue de Colmar: the impasse Péchabout. In the first half of the 20th century, the fields clearly outweighed the structures.

The construction of blocks of buildings, emblematic of the period of the “Trent Glorieuses” when it was necessary to respond to the need to accommodate both the people of Age and the many immigrants of the time, changed the appearance of the sector by laying on it is an aesthetic that has “blocked” the landscape with large rectangular blocks and the streets leading to them. All the buildings, but also the many individual houses, wisely divided and aligned in their blocks, revolve around the Edouard-Herriot school, one of the creations of the prolific architect Roland Jossilevitch.

Chabaud Park

Completed in 1977, the Avenue de Colmar acts as a ring road materializing on the ground the boundary of the urban expansion of the time. It was accompanied by the demolition of the Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix chapel, which would today stand on the south side of the current impasse Chanoine-Angély.

However, between the Avenue Jean-Jaurès and the end of the Avenue de Colmar remains a green space, the Chabaud Park, part of which has just been converted into housing. This park has given its name to a new complex that, through its architecture and a new conception of urban planning, evacuates the concept of “city” both in the thing and in the words: it is now the “Residence of the Park Chabaud”.
F. Stephanus and the Academy’s Research Group on the Streets of Agen

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