The Lavapiés district is part of central Madrid, located between Atocha street (Reina Sofia Museum), Plaza Mayor and Toledo Street. This area is the cradle of traditionalism. At the end of the 1980s, Lavapiés was a neighbourhood inhabited exclusively by older people who lived in typically old, small houses built around a patio or courtyard.
The abundance of abandoned houses and low-income housing in the 80s and 90s attracted many young people with few resources, including many squatters: Lavapiés has probably been one of those areas of the city with the highest density of squatted houses, and the first experiences of squatting in the capital took place here. Nowadays the squatting has almost disappeared, but it is still the neighbourhood with the greatest number of community associations and neighbourhood movements in Madrid.
The scarce supply of housing during the past year in the defendant district of Justicia has caused the demand to be passed on to Embajadores. The appreciated offer of cultural events, the bohemian atmosphere and the multicultural diversity offered by the residential population, the most cosmopolitan of the capital, have made it the second most sought-after neighbourhood after Justicia just ahead of Universidad.