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Stunning Vintage Photos Show Life In The 1970s Paris

After reaching the height of elegance and prosperity in the 1960s, Paris went into remarkable change which was both good and awful in the 1970s. The city underwent massive reconstruction, with the addition of new highways, skyscrapers, and thousands of new apartment blocks. A comprehensive express subway network, the Réseau Express Régional (RER), was built to complement the Métro and serve the distant suburbs. A network of roads was developed in the suburbs centered on the Périphérique expressway encircling the city.

In the early 1970s, the prices began to rise alarmingly. The cheap hotel rooms became too expensive. Lack of office and commercial properties in the city caused landlords to convert thousands of apartment buildings into offices. The population of the Pairs was also declined from 3.5 million inhabitants in the 1960s to 2.3 million in the 1970s. The city also destroyed much of its natural beauty during the 1970s. The government cut tens of thousands of magnificent trees in order to widen the streets.

Here below are some amazing vintage photos that offer a glimpse into everyday life in the 1970s Paris.

#3 Near Basilique du Sacre Coeur and Metro station Anvers, Paris, December 1970

#4 Renard Livres Echanges near Les Halles, Paris, 1970

#5 Wine shop at 43 Rue Chapon, Quartier des Arts-Et-Metiers, 3rd arrondissement, Paris ,1970

#8 Street scene of 3rd arrondissement, near metro Arts et Metiers, Paris, 1978

#10 Cafe La Mere Catherine, Place du Tertre, Montmartre, Paris, 1971

#18 Near Musee du Louvre, Grand Bassin Rond and Metro Tuileries, Paris, 1971

#21 Wedding day, la Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre, Paris, 1971

#23 Apartment interior in the 3rd Arrondissement, Rue Chapon, Paris, 1978

#25 Corner Boulangerie Rue des Rosiers et Rue des Ecouffes, near Metro Saint-Paul, Paris, 1978

#26 Corner Boulangerie Rue des Rosiers et Rue des Ecouffes, near Metro Saint-Paul, Paris, 1978

#37 Rue Des Abbesses, 18th arrondissement, Montmartre, Paris, 1978

#38 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 10th arrondissement, Paris, 1978

Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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