Villeurbanne is located to the northeast of Lyon and part of the Lyon Metropolis in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes area of eastern France. This city has been praised for its excellent administration and it draws many people to live and work there. Until the 19th century, Villeurbanne was a collection of individual villages, which today form the neighbouring area. It was once famous for its textile, mechanical and chemical industries, and has a lovely art deco housing complex on the Avenue Henri Barbusse, which is an indication of its 20th-century prosperity. Well-served by Lyon's public transit system, Villeurbanne's nearest Enterprise branch is at La Part Dieu, a business and commercial district. This area is served by the Lyon Metro and the nearest station to the Enterprise branch is Part Dieu Vivier Merle. For those arriving by plane at Lyon Airoport, Villeurbanne is around 25 minutes away by car via the A4325.