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Ciudad Jardin Lomas del Palomar


Ciudad Jardin 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 Martin Line and the Urquiza Line, which provide easy access to the Capital about 20 kilometres away.

Urban character

Ciudad Jardin Lomas del Palomar is an unusual, colorful, socially mixed and lively neighbourhood of about 6,650 families in an area of 2.4 km. 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.

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

History

Inaugurated in 1944, Ciudad Jardin was conceived by Doctor Erich Zeyen, 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 .

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

Ciudad Jardin 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 rail line that runs parallel to the proposed highway.

Rock'n Roll City

Ciudad Jardin 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, Arcoiris (Gustavo Santaolalla's band), Los Caballeros de la Quema (some of its ex members) and Sumo's debut amongst others, have all lived or participated in the community.

Battle of Caseros

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 (Ejercito Grande) led by Justo Jose de Urquiza.

Notable residents

Angel Lo Valvo

Sebastian Prieto

Luis Scola

Jorge Donn

Hilda Molina

Adolf Galland

Gustavo Santaolalla

Leon Gieco

Notable visitants

Juan Manuel Fangio

Guillermo Vilas

Andrea de Cesaris

Virginia Ruano Pascual

Bobby Fischer

Esteban Tuero

Mercedes Sosa

Image Gallery

1] Plate Square (Plaza Plate) on a cold autumn morning

2] El Palomar railroad station, the railroad influenced the development of Ciudad Jardin Lomas del Palomar

3] Plate's Church

4] Geranios Street

5] Zeyen street buildings gardens

6] Colegio Militar Arch entrance

7] Paraisos Street

8] FINCA street buildings

See also

World Urbanism Day

Urbanism

Garden city movement

Beccar, San Isidro

[[:de:Gartenstadt|Gartenstadt]] (in the German speaking Wikipedia)

External links

ROTARY CLUB EL PALOMAR

www.guiapalomar.com (Photos)

www.guiapalomar.com (Official website)

ciudad-jardin.com

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