Villa Pueyrredón

Villa Pueyrredon
Barrio
Alem Square
Alem Square
Location of Villa Pueyrredon within Buenos Aires
Location of Villa Pueyrredon within Buenos Aires
Country   Argentina
Autonomous City Buenos Aires
Comuna C12
Area
 • Total 3.7 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 40,325
 • Density 11,000/km2 (28,000/sq mi)
Time zone ART ( UTC-3)

Villa Pueyrredón is a neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. It is located between the neighborhoods of Villa Urquiza, Villa Devoto, and Agronomía. It is a middle class residential neighborhood with streets in draught-board, and surrounded by many squares and parks. The General Mitre Railway links Villa Pueyrredon with Retiro railway station in Buenos Aires CBD.

History

Pueyrredón Station

The district's name originated from a station of the Central Argentine Railway (today part of the Mitre Line) called "km 14". In 1907, it received the name of "Pueyrredón" in honour of the illustrious Brigadier Juan Martín de Pueyrredón. Since the railroad provided the area with its main transportation connections, the station became the neighbourhood's official namesake, and "Villa Pueyrredón" was established in 1923.

The population in this neighbourhood was established by European settlers, principally Italian and Spanish, as well as Lebanese, all of whom arrived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to be employed at the " great railway project" (the most important in Latin America). The large number and variety of small businesses established by these communities gave the neighborhood a very particular and ethnically diverse character.

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