This week, I'd like you to read the two-page "prose poem" by Charles Baudelaire called "The Eyes of the Poor" as well as a composed compilation of English-language guidebooks to Second Empire Paris by historian Rupert Christiansen called "Paris Partout!" in Paris Babylon. (Both readings are on electronic reserve.)
When you read them, think about how these two sources present the new Paris. What is the new city like? Who has benefited from the rebuilding of Paris? Who has not?