The Edgy East is anchored by the Canal St.-Martin. I spent a morning in September 2009 wandering up and down the Canal. I found not a single 'Bobo' but rather a lot of homeless men sitting on benches and wandering about in the little parks along the waterway. One park in particular appeared to be 'homeless central' with old mattresses and pieces of cardboard stashed behind bushes waiting for nightfall. I have to say it made me a bit uncomfortable! The Canal, the parks and the pedestrian bridges were lovely, but the area seemed a little too edgy for me that morning.
Maybe I did see a 'Bobo' or two during my stroll. These two children were adorable sipping their hot chocolate at the nighborhood sidewalk cafe while their maman had her morning expresso. So very Parisian! Maybe the area is worth a revisit..this time I'll be on the lookout for 'Bobos' and not 'hobos!'