The Sant Martí neighbourhood of El Parc i La Llacuna del Poblenou comprises two distinct areas.
The area known as El Parc is the part close to Parc de la Ciutadella, which also borders on other green areas such as the Parc de l'Estació del Nord.
The other section of El Parc i La Llacuna del Poblenou is the area on the Poblenou side of Plaça de les Glòries.
The neighbourhood as a whole is hard to define and is a bit of a no man's land between Carrer de la Marina or Glòries and the centre of Poblenou itself.
El Parc i La Llacuna del Poblenou's future centre of interest is the [email protected] Innovation and Technology project near Plaça de les Glòries.
El Parc is made up of a dozen or so blocks of the Eixample located between the Parc de la Ciutadella, the Estació del Nord and
Carrer de la Marina, which in many respects form urban barriers that isolate the neighbourhood from Barcelona city centre.
However, in the immediate future Avinguda Meridiana, Carrer d'Almogàvars, Carrer Pallars and Carrer Pujades are destined to connect the Parc neighbourhood with the part of the [email protected] Innovation and Technology area between Meridiana and Carrer Llacuna.
When I visit this part of the neighbourhood, I generally get off at Marina metro station and make my way to one of the rehearsal studios set in rundown factory buildings in the backstreets off Carrer d'Almogàvers.
This area is also home to a number of discoteques the most famous of which is the mythical Razzmatazz.
The part of El Parc i La Llacuna de Poblenou closest to Plaça de les Glòries is in a process of continual transformation mainly because of the location of the [email protected] Innovation and Technology neighbourhood.
The presence of [email protected] has brought plans to remodel Plaça de les Glòries itself and bestow it with the some of the importance that was intended for it in Ildefons Cerdà's original Eixample design in 1856.
These changes will include the construction of more iconic buildings to stand alongside the Torre Agbar, the Auditori and the Teatre Nacional, one of which is likely to be a new Barcelona Design Museum.
Incidentally, the word 'llacuna' means 'lagoon' in English and, many centuries ago, this whole area was swamp land, so let's hope these adventurous 21st century projects don't sink without a trace!
The neighbourhood also has 5 stops on the Trambesòs Tram Line