A three-building complex of towers, the Lakeway complex greets you on the drive into New Orleans coming across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. You can see the buildings from nearly 2o miles away and whatch them grow as you get nearer and nearer.
You are actually entering unincorporated, but urban, area known as Metairie when you come off the Causeway. This section from the Lake to Veterans Boulevard is often referred to as downtown Metairie because the highway is lined with tall buildings and the Lakeside Shopping Center, one of the busiest places in the region. That burst of businesses is because it is one of the few large shopping centers that survived the hurricane intact.
The Lakeway complex includes Three Lakeway shown above. The 34-story building houses the Marriott hotel. Views out over the Lake and toward downtown are spectacular. The building is about 7 miles from downtown New Orleans.