Ciudad Jardín Lomas del Palomar

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Ciudad Jardín Lomas del Palomar
Map of Ciudad Jardín
Map of Ciudad Jardín
Ciudad Jardín Lomas del Palomar is located in Greater Buenos Aires
Ciudad Jardín Lomas del Palomar
Ciudad Jardín Lomas del Palomar
Location in Greater Buenos Aires
Coordinates: 34°36′S 58°35′W / 34.600°S 58.583°W / -34.600; -58.583Coordinates: 34°36′S 58°35′W / 34.600°S 58.583°W / -34.600; -58.583
Country  Argentina
Province Buenos Aires province flag.png Buenos Aires
Partido Tres de Febrero
Founded 1944
Elevation 28 m (92 ft)
Population (2001 census [INDEC])
 • Total 17,605
CPA Base B 1684
Area code(s) +54 11

Ciudad Jardín Lomas del Palomar is a planned community, part of the partido Tres de Febrero in Greater Buenos Aires and located adjacent to the city of El Palomar. It is served by two railway lines, the San Martín Line and the Urquiza Line, which provide easy access to the Capital about 20 kilometres away.

Urban character[edit]

Ciudad Jardín Lomas del Palomar is an unusual, colorful, socially mixed and lively neighbourhood of about 6,650 families in an area of 2.4 km². Inspired by the Garden city movement, its layout is designed on a pedestrian scale with compact residential areas made up of tile roofed row style and free standing chalets in tree-lined streets and boulevards. There are three arcaded three-storey residential-commercial plazas (town squares) with central greenery, children playgrounds, fountains and surrounded by shops, pubs and al-fresco dining restaurants.

Tree-lined streets of Ciudad Jardín (Tipas Avenue)
Plaza Plate (Plate Square) on a cold autumn morning
Outdoor rock music concert in Plaza de los Aviadores (Aviators Square)

The layout was developed to place cultural facilities, schools, churches, clubs and parks, mixed and within walking distance of housing areas.

History[edit]

Inaugurated in 1944, Ciudad Jardín was conceived by Doctor Erich Zeyen,[1] a German emigrant who arrived in 1929 with the idea of creating a Garden City that offered a balance of urban life with green spaces, a city within a city. It has been recognized and mentioned in publications on urban planning on a worldwide level.[2]

The influential Argentinian professor of engineering, Carlos María della Paolera, founder of "Día Mundial del Urbanismo" (World Urbanism Day), has praised Ciudad Jardín as the first Garden City in South America.

Ciudad Jardín is a community that has endured the passage of time and modernism gracefully. However, at present, citizens are debating whether a highway with direct links to an expressway should be built. There is a general concern that the proposal would ruin the community's character and put it in jeopardy. It is argued that a much better approach would be to improve the run down commuter San Martín rail line that runs parallel to the proposed highway.

Rock'n Roll City[edit]

Ciudad Jardín has produced national and internationally-known celebrities, and is well-known locally as a cradle of important musicians of jazz and rock music groups. Gustavo Santaolalla, Javier and Walter Malosetti (jazz), Ricardo Pellican, Los Piojos, MAM, Divididos, Feroz, Arcoiris, (Gustavo Santaolalla's band), Los Caballeros de la Quema (some of its ex members) and Sumo's début amongst others, have all lived or participated in the community.

Battle of Caseros[edit]

In 1852 the area was the site of an important battle in Argentine history, the Battle of Caseros, between the Army of Buenos Aires commanded by Juan Manuel de Rosas and the Grand Army (Ejército Grande) led by Justo José de Urquiza.

Notable residents[edit]

Notable visitants[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tributo al Dr. Erich Zeyen". Retrieved 15 January 2008.  (Spanish)
  2. ^ The Emergence of Modern Town Planning in Latin America – after a Historiographic Review – Arturo Almandoz: [1]

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