Semi-permanent dwellings on rail sidings in Paris?
March 9, 2011 8:59 AM Subscribe
From the windows of the train on my way into Paris from CDG, I noticed a few clusters of... shacks, I'd guess you'd call them, put together out of what looked like scrap building material-
corrugated iron, scraps of plywood, advertising boards, tyres holding the roofs down, etc. They were grouped together on unused strips of land next to the rail sidings. I know people were living there because there were makeshift chimneys with smoke coming out. I should have taken a photo but didn't think about it at the time.
Has anyone else noticed this? I'm just wondering if there's more information about these dwellings - who lives there, how they get by what laws and regulations affect them, how they deal with land owners, that sort of thing. Some of them look like they've been there for a while. I think it's interesting that I haven't noticed anything like these dwellings - at least not right out in the open - in other similarly-sized Western cities like London or New York.
I don't speak or read French but I'm happy to try to muddle through and French links with google translate.