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Today there may only be around 20 of the original arcades that were in Paris in the 1850s. These famous arcades are used by Parisians purely by chance as shortcuts or simply for pleasure. Each arcade has special characteristics, and they all are actually private roads.
"Parisian arcades began to be constructed around the beginning of the nineteenth century and were sometimes destroyed as a result of Baron Haussmann's renovation of Paris during the Second French Empire (ca. 1850-1870). Benjamin linked them to the city's distinctive street life and saw them as providing one of the habitats of the Flâneur (i.e., strolling in a locale to experience it)." Source: Wikipedia