Poblenou is now part of Barcelona's Sant Martí district, However, until the end of the 19th century, it was a muncipality in its own right and the epicentre of Catalan industry. This district earned its title as the "Catalonian Manchester" soon after the industrial revolution.
Over the years, Poblenou adopted the appearance of an industrial zone and fell into a state of neglect and abandonment. Nevertheless, it has still retained the atmosphere of a village with its own identity, but with an enviable location close to the centre.
The Olympic Games in 1992 were the main reason for the huge transformation of Poblenou, with new restaurants, hotels and business establishments attracting tourists from different parts of the world. Since then, this district has undergone constant transformation and has become one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in the city. Many former factories and industrial buildings were converted into apartments, art galleries, and penthouses, whilst the industrial buildings gave way to modern office buildings and hotels, in an area that is dominated by the Agbar Tower.