Heart of the city – Courbevoie (FR)
Development of the city-centre
The city of Courbevoie has grown rapidly in recent decades both in terms of population as activities and employment (21% increase from 1999 to 2006 for both). With this demographic development the urban form has also changed. In the 70s, the construction of the Centre Charras partially erased the traces of ancient historical centre. Today there are only few pre-war buildings. The adoption of new architectural and urban concepts together with growing land values led to the construction of new urban forms (offices, housing) that replaced the older buildings. The centre has nevertheless managed to preserve an identity and a commercial dynamism. This centrality as administrative, commercial and sports centre is still a place for local animation. But its sustainability requires a renewal of the offer of services and commerce and the rehabilitation of public spaces.