Baró de Viver

Cheap Housing on the Banks of the River Besòs

The tiny Baró de Viver neighbourhood is located along the banks of the River Besòs in the District of Sant Andreu and is very difficult to distinguish from neighbourbouring Bon Pastor.

The neighbourhood was one of the Cases Barates, literally Cheap Housing, estates built in Barcelona at the end of the 1920s.

The neighbourhood takes its name from the the Baró or Baron de Viver, who was Mayor of Barcelona during the dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera from 1924 to 1930 when the estate was built.

The Cases Barates were demolished in the 1980s and 1990s and replaced by modern blocks of flats.

The neighbourhood is bordered by the River Besòs and the Cinturó del Litoral ring road on one side and the Ronda de Dalt ring road on another giving a certain sense of isolation.

The area has recently been improved by placing the High Voltage electricity lines underground and creating a park along the banks of the River Besòs.

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