La Bordeta is a another neighbourhood that has traditionally always formed part of Sants and is located on the right of Gran Via as you make your way from Plaça d'Espanya to L'Hospitalet de Llobregat.
With the exception of Can Batlló, this was always an area of small workshops and workers' housing, which had grown up around a 16th century hostel on Riera Blanca.
However, just as with the rest of Sants, it was the industrial revolution that brought people to the neighbourhood and Can Batlló is undoubtedly La Bordeta's most emblematic building.
Established by the Batlló family in the late 19th century, the Can Batlló building housed the Can Mangala textile factory until it was converted into a space for small and medium-sized workshops in 1964.
Next to Can
Batlló, we find the Parish Church of Sant Medir, which was built in 1949
and is the neighbourhood's social and cultural centre.
It was particularly important for the whole Sants area as a centre of resistance to the Franco Regime right up to the death of the dictator and the transition to democracy.
At the time of writing, La Bordeta is undergoing a general renovation plan centred around the Can Batlló area, including the old La Magòria railway station (shown above), which will bring new housing and facilities but is causing a lot of disagreement.
This is a part of the barri that I particularly like and we often stop off for lunch at a bar whose name escapes me on the corner of Gran Via and Carrer Moianes.
So far the area around Plaça Cerdà has been reurbanised and speaking as someone who drives through occasionally, it seems much improved.
Apart from buses, the main public transport facility is the Ferrocarris Station of Magòria-La Campana.
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