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I would love to visit some day ans take in the real Paris, so my Parisian friends what can you show me?
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.

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:
 

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Those pictures are old 1999~2000
the A1 motorway in saint Denis is not covered.
 

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Those pictures are old 1999~2000
the A1 motorway in saint Denis is not covered.
Actually the pictures are recent, and none of them show the A1 motorway. Look carefully again. They show the A86 and the A3.
 

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But look at the buses at the 5th pic.
Those bus has been reformed in 2001
 

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These pics are great! Indeed, not all northern, eastern and northeastern Greater Paris are commie blocks/government housing. There is a mixture of neighborhoods in those suburbs, too.

There is however, an obvious difference in western, southern and southwestern suburbs, where you tend to see more middle-class, detached homes, and even rich homes, as you do in western suburbs--both appartment buildings and detached houses. I remember in two occasions taking a train to and from Orly Airport south of Paris and going through many tranquille, middle-class neighborhoods of nicely kept detached homes with their little gardens and only the occasional mid-rise building. This in contrast with taking the train to and from CDG Airport northeast of Paris where you pass through a lot of industrial zones and working-class/immigrant commie block world. Interesting difference overall, nonetheless.
 

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cool pics

but you insist too much on immigrants, its not THAT segregated, plenty of non immigrants live in the 93, the people of foreign origins are regrouped in some areas , in the others areas live with non immigrants
 

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also interesting to see that you call all that "immigrant neighborhood". It sounds as if only immigrants live there.
 

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This picture contrasts nicely with the first picture in the beginning of this thread. The first picture showed the immigrant/working class areas of northern Paris with La Défense on the horizon. This one below shows the rich areas of western Paris with La Défense again on the horizon.

 

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Good to see parts of Paris that are not from the class, touristy, photogenic areas. I'm surprised at how daring the architecture is in non-Central Paris. If those buildings were built in Central Paris, it could be like London.
 

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Merci pour la reparation. C'est bien voir des endroit qui sont autour de Paris central. J'aimerais voir plus de photos comme ca. :)
 

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just fantanstic, not silimlar with other paris pics! this one seems very great thread.
 
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