Dušanovac

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The Dušanovac (Serbian Cyrillic: Душановац, pronounced [duʃǎːnɔv̞at͡s]), is an urban neighbourhood of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It is located in the municipality of Voždovac.

Location[edit]

The Dušanovac is bounded by the other Belgrade neighbourhoods: Autokomanda to the west, Pašino Brdo to the north, Šumice, Konjarnik, Marinkova Bara, Medaković and Braće Jerković to the east, and Voždovac itself to the south.

History[edit]

As a pre-World War I suburb of Belgrade, in the area that was eastern border of the city at that time, Dušanovac was administrativelly part of the municipality of Kumodraž.[1] It began to develop rapidlly in the 1920s and before World War II caught Yugoslavia in 1941, the area was fully urbanized and made continuous urban area with the rest of the city. Despite being a residential settlement on the outskirts of Belgrade, and not having industrial or military facilities, Dušanovac and the neighboring Pašino Brdo were partially demolished during the heavy „Easter bombing“ of Belgrade by the Allies on 16 April 1944.[2]

Since the 1960s and 1970s new, vast in area boroughs were developed further to the east, like Šumice and Konjarnik which connected Belgrade in one continuous urban area with former villages of Mali Mokri Lug, Veliki Mokri Lug, Kaluđerica, Leštane, Vinča and Boleč, so today, the Dušanovac is closer to the downtown Belgrade (10 minutes by public bus) than to the eastern outskirts of the city.

Dusanovac in winter

Characteristics[edit]

Dušanovac was always an area with working class population, settled in predominantly small-to-medium houses with backyards. It is mostly residential area without major industrial objects. However, in 1974 a Belgrade-Niš highway was constructed right through the neighbourhood, splitting it in two parts, and along the highway huge car shops, exhibitor's salons, restaurants and other commercial objects are still being built. Located right next to the highway is also an open produce market Dušanovačka pijaca (Cyrillic: Душановачка пијаца; Market of Dušanovac), one of the major ones in Belgrade.

The population of Dušanovac was 7,301 in 2002[3] and 6,283 in 2011.[4]

An area to the north, between the highway and Ustanička Street (Cyrillic: Устаничка; Street of the Rebellion(s)) is turned into an administrative center, including the municipal assembly of Voždovac, the police and fire station, the local clinical-ambulance center, the Fifth Municipal Court of Belgrade and the Special section of the Supreme court of Serbia for organized crime and war crimes (formerly the Supreme Military Court of Yugoslavia).

Transportation[edit]

Dušanovac is well connected with other parts of the city, by public transportation:

Buses (with connecting areas of the city):

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dušanovac bez policijske vlasti", Politika (in Serbian), 15 May 1912 
  2. ^ J. Gajić (15–16 April 2017). "Na praznik padale bombe" (in Serbian). Politika. p. 27. 
  3. ^ Popis stanovništva po mesnim zajednicama, Saopštenje 40/2002, page 4. Zavod za informatiku i statistiku grada Beograda. 26 July 2002. 
  4. ^ Stanovništvo po opštinama i mesnim zajednicama, Popis 2011. Grad Beograd – Sektor statistike (xls file). 23 April 2015. 

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Coordinates: 44°46′59″N 20°28′59″E / 44.78306°N 20.48306°E / 44.78306; 20.48306