Photographer's Note

During my Paris days, I've been at Le Defense quartier of the city and I took this picture with a black lady on the stairs of the arch. I liked the shape of the picture.

La Dfense is a major business district for the city of Paris (French:"Ville de Paris"), bordering Neuilly-sur-Seine, west of the city proper. It is centred on an ovular loop of roadway straddling the Hauts-de-Seine dpartement municipalities of Nanterre, Courbevoie and Puteaux. The district is at the westernmost extremity of Paris' Historical Axis, which commences at the Louvre in the centre of Paris and crosses the Champs-lyses and the Arc de Triomphe.

Around its Grande Arche and esplanade ("le Parvis") centre, this district holds many of the Paris urban area's tallest high-rises: with its 3.5 million m of office space, La Dfense is the largest business district in Europe.In the early 1970s, in response to great demand, a second generation of buildings began to appear. Unfortunately, the economic crisis in 1973 nearly halted all progress in the area. A third generation of towers began to appear in the early 1980s. The biggest commercial center in Europe (at the time), the Quatre Temps, was created in 1981. In 1982, the EPAD launched the Tte Dfense competition to find a monument to complete the Axe historique, which eventually led to the construction of Grande Arche at the west end of the quarter. During the same period, hotels were constructed, the CNIT was restructured, and in 1992 Line 1 of the Paris Mtro was extended to La Dfense, which made the area readily accessible to even more of the city.

After a stagnation in new development in the mid-1990s La Dfense is once again expanding and is now the largest purpose-built business district in Europe.

Important corporations headquartered at La Dfense include Cegetel, Socit Gnrale, Total, Aventis, and Arcelor. The tallest skyscraper belongs to Total, constructed in 1985. It is 187 metres high, has 48 floors, and is the second highest building in the Paris area (the first being the Tour Montparnasse).

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