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Not so new to editing Wikipedia, but not at all new to reading it. Formerly known as Josefu, my present name is closer to what I'm all about. What motivated me into becoming a Wikipedian were a few articles greatly in need of a rewrite. Many of them still have this need, so if you're sharp on anything "Paris", do pitch in.

Work In Progress[edit]

Here are the pages I am working on for the moment, with links to the original article and its "personal sandbox" version:

  • Paris - Although much improved from its former state, this article remains a b-class article largely because of an overdose of unsourced statistics and claims both challengable and speculative. Chasing these down will take some time, so pitch in if you can. I've done a large amount of work on the article already, so since a year I reduced my role there to observation only; I'm quite surprised that there have been absolutely no changes at all to the article since then. Where are the English-speakers with an interest in Paris? Some grammar refinement could help as well.
    • I'm working on certain elements of the article, namely structure and demography, here.
  • Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture (de Paris) - I have a certain affection for abandoned factories and industrial sites (there are many in the inner Paris agglomeration) and I suppose that the "Petite Ceinture" railway falls into this category. Born from 1852, dead (for voyagers) in 1934, there remain still stations, rails and buildings and some machinery along almost its entire former length. I did the whole 32km tour in late 1996 and have almost completely researched its history. Looking for some machinery images (namely engines) for the time being.
  • Wikipedia:WikiProject_Paris_Streets - This is a project to make an article for every notable street in Paris - a gargantuan task in reality. Myself I'll be chipping away at a few at a time, every day if I can. Anyone with a working knowledge of French can participate as there's a link to a citable source for all basic information on the project page. You can find the streets existing already in Wiki (named "rue ****" only) here, and the streets done in their 'formatted' version ("rue ****, Paris") here. The infobox is finally done - but the map coordinates could use some work. Suprise suprise, it seems to have become quite popular across wiki and even other sites - you can find it here. It still needs a coordinates system based on longitude and latitude, so If you're a whiz in that respect, please do...
  • Mines of Paris - Paris' Catacombes ossurary fills only a part of its 340km of underground galeries whose origins are in the stone of many aboveground monuments - they are not one and the same. I am presently working on an article outlining how Paris' mines were created and exploited, and how later they were used and recuperated. This of course will link to the Paris_Catacombs article...

A bit about myself[edit]

Graphic Designer, photographer, "on call" Art Director, French history buff. Amoureux de Paris. I've been living in Paris since 1989 first as a photographer then also (again) as a graphic artist. I've recently "retired" from a more intensive line of work to develop projects with clients of my own. Research on Paris' history took up most of my spare time (as I also love to photograph her) so today I have more than enough to share. In case of doubt my love for books has given me a library enough to back that up. Wiki has proven to be quite a reliable source for some of my research, so now that I have more time to spare I thought I'd give some of that back.

I have a website of my own consecrated to Paris' history that you can find here:, and if you would like to see a bit of my "regular" work you can have a look here.

More about me
Photos and maps I've created/contributed here

Favorite sayings[edit]

"Pride is the belt that can hold your pants up, long after your pants are gone." - Stephen King, "Dreamcatcher"
"The road to hell is paved with good intentions" - my grandaddy

Mapaholics Unanimous[edit]

I've been trying to make some pretty. It's much easier today than five years ago.

Social housing in the City of Paris, 2012 J.M. Schomburg
Map of Paris showing the percentage/number of social lodgings in each of its twenty arrondissements.
Paris elevation and hydrology, 2012 J.M. Schomburg
Elevation map of Paris' highest buttes. Also included: existing and defunct hydrology.
Median income in the petite couronne inner Paris suburb departements of the Île-de-France.
Median Income across France's Île-de-France région, 2010
Île-de-France 2012 INSEE employment, population and unemployment statistics, organised by arrondissement (national) and department
Employment by economic sector in the Paris area (pétite couronne), with population and unemployment figures (2012)
Employment situation in Paris, 2012. Employment by economy sector; unemployment and population; INSEE 2012 numbers published Jan. 2015.

Coming soon: Paris' successive walls, limits and fortifications (this one's a bitch!). THEPROMENADER   22:38, 11 November 2014 (UTC)


I award this Exceptional Newcomer Award to ThePromenader for exceptional enthusiasm, skill, and boldness beyond his experience.
Ian13ID:540053 20:58, 31 December 2005 (UTC)
I award this The Tireless Contributor Barnstar to ThePromenader for exceptional work, enthousiasm on the Paris related articles and never sacrificing quality. Despite all your troubles, your work has not come unnoticed. Captain scarlet 08:40, 16 May 2006 (UTC)
ThePromenader, I hereby award you the Photographer's Barnstar for your beautiful photo of the Eiffel Tower at night, in spite of its complex copyright status. I hope you will contribute many more photos to Wikipedia in the years to come!--Eloquence* 03:58, 13 July 2006 (UTC)