Davant Balaguer.

New Neighborhood of Balaguer

Davant Balagure (Broadening of Balaguer) Map. Click to enlarge.

Broadening of Balaguer, to the other side of the river, began as soon as the 50's, after the construction of the New Bridge. The problem of the lack of housings in the city, derived from the strong demographic increase in Balaguer, motivated by the migrant movement, will favour the construction in the left margin of the river.

The first housings built will be of official protection (the "pisets" (little apartments) and the "cases barates" (cheap houses)). In the 60's, it will be the private initiative who will build new housings, that fill successively the empty places of the new broadening, delimited by Urgell street, the railway, Station Avenue and the river.

From the 70's they begun to build blocks in better conditions than the before described, because of the competition; that gives us an image of vitality and prosperity in Balaguer. Broadening projects of the above-mentioned limits.

The "Davant Balaguer", in the last years, suffered a great expansion. The construction of numerous housing blocks and the location of new trades and services (educational, sports and assistance) have provoked an important movement of population, from the Ancient Neighborhood and other neighborhoods that have displaced to this sector. The increasingly clear paper of Station Avenue as central artery of the new part of the city anticipates a strong growth around her, speciallyl in the section lacing with the variant of the third bridge.

In this street we find the Convent de Sant Domènec (St. Dominic Monastery), historical-artistical monument, obligated stop to visit the church, the cloister and the Count Jaume's monument. This street, one of the longest in the city, served as a guideline for the expansion of the current broadening of the "Davant Balaguer". There is great quantity of public services as: the hospital, third age's house, the gas station, the High School, the sports field, the Sports Pavilion,... as well as great quantity of trades linked to its traffic.

Street with a great residential and commercial future, because of its great quantity of new constructions and because it constitutes a principal perpendicular axis of the city, that laces with the variant. There we find the modern church of Sacred Heart.

The construction of the New Bridge opened a new route in the broadening of the Davant Balaguer: the Station Avenue. Within time, the avenyue has sustained many modifications and from spaces occupy mainly by orchards has passed to very modern housing blocks, with abundant trades that have converted this sector into the city center of the new Balaguer.
In one of the extremes of the avenue we find the Gaspar of Portolá Monument, son of Balaguer, discoverer and colonizer of California.

This street laces the two bridges through the left Segre riverside, in the margins of the which we find the Transegre Park, real lung of the city. The continuity of this street with the Catalan Countries Avenue, that goes to the  third bridge, has converted this side of the river in a zone with a great urbanistical an ludical future.

Currently also there is an important dynamics in many streets that we have not mentioned, as the San Luís, Holy Christ, Doctor Flèming, Father Sanahuja, Noguera-Pallaresa streets... or  Joaquima Vedruna, Pau Casals, Alguer or Sardana squares

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Church of "Sta. Maria" (St. Mary). Art at St. Mary's. Walls and Gates.
Ancient Neighborhood. "Mercadal" (Market) Square. Jewish Neighborhood.
"Castell Formós" ( Beautiful Castle). Sanctuary of the "Sant Crist" (Holy Christ).
Convent of  "Sant Domènec" (St. Dominic). "Davant Balaguer" ( Modern Neighborhood).

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