Every visitor who at some time or other visited Barcelona for a brief or long-term stay, has had to use the urban maps of the city. Vieja, Eixample, and Gracia are some of the most popular neighbourhoods or major tourist attractions, but have you heard of distrito 22@? This is the original name with which the City Council named a new district dedicated to innovation.
In 2000, the Barcelona City Council appreciated that there were certain areas of the city that were not the most desirable. In the Poble Nou district, there were many virtually abandoned industrial buildings and derelict structures. It was at this time when the district called distrito 22@ was created. This was an unprecedented project that consisted of more than 200 hectares of industrial areas to become a technological hub in a Spanish city. Companies like Yahoo!, Microsoft and Indra soon realised the enormous potential of the area and decided to set up their headquarters in the city.