Titan, Bucharest

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Titan on the map of Bucharest
Titan subway station

Titan is a neighborhood of Eastern Bucharest, part of Sector 3. It surrounds the Alexandru Ioan Cuza Park, formerly known as "Titan", "I.O.R." (Intreprinderea Optică Română), and "Balta Albă" (The White Pond).

The name of "Titan" comes from a cement factory located here in the 20th century. Starting with the 1950s, the development stage began. In the context of an acute housing crisis, the Titan was chosen for further city development as there were few constructions on it. Large industrial units were built in the vicinity. Construction lasted until the 1970s, when Alexandru Ioan Cuza Park was also built around the Titan lake. [1]

Titan consists mostly of housing facilities. Alexandru Ioan Cuza park (also known as Titan) is located in the center of the neighborhood. It is one of the biggest parks in Bucharest, with a total surface measuring over 85 hectares. The park is built around the Titan lake, which is divided in half by a road bridge and contains five small islands.

Transportation is well-developed, the region being linked to other parts of Bucharest by subway, tram-lines, trolleys, buses and taxis. The subway stations located in Titan are Nicolae Grigorescu, Titan and Costin Georgian.

The most important boulevards are named after Nicolae Grigorescu, Camil Ressu and Theodor Pallady. The latter is a continuation of the Bucharest - Constanţa freeway inside the city. There are several large shopping centres, the biggest ones being Auchan and Cora hypermarkets. The Gloria cinema is sited on the intersection of Baba Novac and Nicolae Grigorescu boulevards.

Nearby neighborhoods include Dristor, Vitan, Dudeşti, Pantelimon. At the northwestern end of the neighborhood there is the Basarabiei Blvd. and the National Arena.

In 2011, the construction of a controversial project in Alexandru Ioan Cuza Park was announced - named Parklake Plaza, meant to become one of the largest commercial centers in Romania. According to NGOs, the new project will damage what constitutes one of the largest green areas in Bucharest.[2] [3]


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Coordinates: 44°25′27.49″N 26°9′39.47″E / 44.4243028°N 26.1609639°E / 44.4243028; 26.1609639