Well, here are some pictures of the "real" Paris, the Paris of immigrant communities and working class neighbordhoods that tourists never visit and don't even know about. These pictures were taken essentially in northern and northeastern Paris.I would love to visit some day ans take in the real Paris, so my Parisian friends what can you show me?
View over the urban jungle of northern Paris, with the skyscrapers of La Défense on the horizon:
Freeways/motorways crisscrossing immigrant neighborhoods in northeastern Paris. Central Paris lies behind the hill visible on the horizon:
Stalinist architecture in northeastern Paris:
Detached houses too:
An old parish church lost among the sprawling urbanization of eastern Paris:
How about a flat in a derelict concrete block with view over one of Paris suburban cemeteries? It's a 30 minutes commute to central Paris by the RER express subway. Not appealing to you? Well, if you come from Africa and you're poor, it may well be the only place where you can afford the rent.
Next to the ugly concrete blocks can also be found pockets of nice dwellings:
Back to Stalinist style. This is University Paris 13, in northern Paris. Lots of 2nd generation immigrants among the students:
Swiss style experiment in a working class neighborhood of northeastern Paris:
Flemish revival style in an immigrant neighborhood of northern Paris:
A 22nd century high-school in northeastern Paris:
Architects are more daring in northeastern Paris than in central Paris:
Nice street in an immigrant neighborhood of northern Paris. Northern Paris is not just concrete blocks as you can see:
A very nice looking high-school in an immigrant area of northern Paris, sort of art deco style: