To solve the problem of "urban delinquents" loitering in apartment hallways, the French port of Le Havre has set up "false lobbies" to hang around in instead.
The fake entry ways are made of old shipping containers and mimic the hallways of apartment buildings, just without the building attached. This gives them somewhere to go, without disturbing residents.
"For several week, s "false lobby" ha been erected on a stretch of grass in Graville la Vallee, a poor neighbourhood nicknamed 'Chicago' in the northern city that houses about 1,500 people, mainly of immigrant extraction," the Globe and Mail reported.
"A red 12-metre-long shipping container has been furbished to create the illusion that it is the foyer of an apartment building, with a door and windows, an intercom, a wall of mail boxes, a false elevator and a staircase leading to the roof."
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By: Bianca Bartz - Published: Oct 19, 2007 • References: theglobeandmail