Lisieux, Rue de la Paix

This is another very narrow street, less than three meters wide, and again with corbelled buildings.

It is always interesting to observe when genteel decay begins to look like deterioration. I think this street stands right on the edge. It remains attractive but if circumstances do not soon improve and building owners make some repairs, it will become an area in steep decline. Oddly, Venice seems to be able to tolerate this sort of decay better than anywhere I know. This is perhaps in part due to the great effort expended in keeping Venice clean, but there is something else at work that I have not yet identified.

Notice the capacious roof rising steeply and far above the building. There is certainly at least one usable story within, and possibly two.

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