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Salle 28 - Politique, 20e siècle

Salle 28 - Politique, 20e siècle

© musées Gadagne


Rooms 28, 29 et 30

The 20th century was the era of urbanism and communication networks.

The Mayors/builders Edouard Herriot followed by Louis Pradel constructed huge public facilities such as the Grange-Blanche hospital and set people thinking about social housing : reasonably priced residential areas as seen in the États-Unis housing estate and Villeurbanne in the interwar year, big states of the 1960s-70s. Outskirts developed, especially to the east and the south.

The “car era” emerged during the 1970s : bridges, tunnels and motorways sprang up in the centre of Lyon, which became the hub for traffic between northern and southern France.

From the 1960s onwards, the city became involved in the Part-Dieu regional centre. In 1977, Lyons’ 2nd symbolic monument dominated the skyline at a height of 165 m : the Crédit Lyonnais tower, also known as “le Crayon” (the pencil).

The resistance...

Remaining a free zone up until 1942, Lyon took great pride in being the centre of the resistance movement, which it was, but it was also a forum for collaboration : Jean Moulin operated here and was captured here !