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Once upon a time, Asheville, North Carolina liked to banner itself as the “Paris of the South.” Today, according to a fun piece, by AP’s Beth J. Harpaz and Thomas Adamson, the go-to reference is Brooklyn.
In fact, as a sign of just how far things have come in that analogous department, the AP item suggests there is now a “Brooklyn of Paris.” The suburb of Pantin, on the northeast fringe of the city:
“It may have a way to go before it’s on a par with Brooklyn, but I expect it will continue to develop,” said artist Oliver Beer, who works both with a gallery in Pantin and with the Museum of Modern Art’s contemporary arts outpost, PS1, in New York City.