Département 67

The idea of postcode gangs whips up occasional panic/interest in the media in the UK, and has for a number of years, as can be seen from this search for the subject.  I live in the the French département 67, Bas-Rhin (Lower Rhine) part of Alsace.  The country was divided into the different départements after the French revolution and they are one of a number of layers of bueaucracy in the French state, but that’s a post for another day.

I have seen the occasional T-shirt with the motif 67 on but nothing like what I saw in South London before leaving in 2007 where I regularly saw SW9 and Sw2 T-shirts and a lot of graffiti for the different post codes near where I lived.  A difficulty is that 67 is the département number for the whole of half of northern Alsace making it difficult to get a local identity.  Whereas the  post code for Strasbourg is 67000, reflecting the département number, but parts of the built-up area do not have the 67000 post code but different ones.  These different ones are not for a local enough area themselves to make them reflective of an identity, even less of an area than the rough boundaries of the UK post codes compared with local communities.  So, I had wondered if something else would come to represent local identity for gangs here in Strasbourg.  This week I saw this through the window at work:

Cronenbour?  I think the putative artist didn’t plan well for the length of the name compared with the space available.  One area of Strasbourg is Cronenbourg which was home to the brewery Kronenbourg from the 1850’s until the start of this century and somehow from whence its name came.  Perhaps this is the start, although the graffiti wasn’t in the area but outside and you would hope gang members professing an allegiance to an area would learn how to graffiti the name so that they got all of it into the space available.  We’ll see.

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One Response to “Département 67”

  1. janestheone Says:

    I think they thought that was how it was spelled. If you are not (ethnically) Alsatian you do not pronounce the “g” on the end – remember Zaho? and what ethnic origin is she? and listen to Samia in PBLV try to pronounce Alsace place names!

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