In the 1970s, in a highly controversial decision, Paris bulldozed the glass and cast iron market pavilions at Les Halles.
Les Halles, the covered fresh food market which had been a central part of the city's history for 800 years, was replaced with Le Forum des Halles, a modern partially underground shopping mall and transport hub. Over the past 40 years, the building has polarised the population - some think it's ugly and out of step with the traditional architecture in the area, while others believe it was a necessary step forward for the city.
The new improved, Les Halles.[/caption]The new Les Halles will be better integrated into the urban environment, easier to access and modernised for the times. According to the official website, there will be a new public garden, a larger pedestrian district, a new building inspired by nature (La Canopée), a greater number of easier-to-use pathways and routes, a larger, more functional regional train station, an enlarged, refurbished shopping centre, more cultural facilities and a reorganised underground road network.