Colab Quarter theme: Memory
Values: Cultural Rights
Skills: Public Cultural Policy, Cultural Development, cultural infrastructure project management
Experiences: Residence of cultural action in the districts, festival 1 summer, 1 neighborhood
Fields: public service of culture
Disciplines: Image and writing, live performance, cultural action
Second city of Haute Garonne after Toulouse, Colomiers is still, after the second world war, a village of a few thousand inhabitants. A town plan in the 60s until 75 created a “new city” where the collective buildings dominate, creating subdivisions and the creation of the industrial zone “En Jacca” as well as some residences.
The rural history of Colomiers is linked to the castles of Capitouls or parliamentarians from Toulouse and the vineyard. It then becomes a suburban town that is becoming industrialized with the arrival of the tramway and the development of aeronautics (Dassault, Airbus) since 1945 and until today. The first arteries of old Colomiers are built around a place between a fort and the church, its center surrounded by hamlets.
Very early on, the political debates within the commune are oriented towards a tradition of municipal social assistance (from the post-Revolution period). After 1945, the socialist deputy mayor Eugène Montel, and former General Council President and colleague of Leon Blum, plans a radical development of the city as early as 1958. In addition to important public services to support this development. The village of 3000 souls will become a new city of 35 000 inhabitants to reach today more than 38 000.
The 80’s and 90’s and the demographic evolution lead to a phase of investment and urbanization: such as the creation of the international high school, line C of public transport, the development of residential and commercial areas.
The rural Colomiers dissolves for the benefit of an urban and metropolitan project which is today affected by budget cuts like all communities while welcoming newcomers, the city of Colomiers is getting organized today to reconcile urban, social, cultural and economic development.