Boedo

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Boedo
Cafés on Boedo Avenue
Cafés on Boedo Avenue
Emblema Boedo.jpg
Coat of arms
Location of Boedo within Buenos Aires
Location of Boedo within Buenos Aires
Country Argentina
Autonomous CityBuenos Aires
ComunaC5
Important sitesEsquina Homero Manzi
Area
 • Total2.6 km2 (1.0 sq mi)
Population
 (1991)
 • Total48,231
 • Density19,000/km2 (48,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-3 (ART)

Boedo is a working class barrio (neighbourhood) of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The neighborhood and one of its principal streets were named after Mariano Boedo, a leading figure in the Argentine independence movement.

It is the home of San Lorenzo de Almagro football club.

Esquina Homero Manzi[edit]

Esquina Homero Manzi
Traditional Boedo-area rowhouse, once ubiquitous in Buenos Aires

The corner of San Juan and Boedo is mentioned in the opening verse of the tango Sur, one of the best-loved songs about Buenos Aires; the corner is now known as Esquina Homero Manzi after the author of the lyrics, and is the venue for several tango festivals.

Boedo Literary Group[edit]

The Boedo group were a group of left-leaning Argentine and Uruguayan writers in the 1920s. Notable members of the Boedo group included Enrique Amorim, Leónidas Barletta, Elías Castelnuovo, Roberto Mariani, Nicolás Olivari, Lorenzo Stanchina, César Tiempo and Álvaro Yunque.The Boedo Group was clearly relationed with the "Editorial Claridad"(publisher) located at Boedo Avenue 837 that allowed them to public their works, and the Japanese Cafe at Boedo Avenue 873 where they used to meet together.

Magazines associated with the Boedo group included Dínamo, Extrema Izquierda and Los Pensadores, and Antonio Zamora's publishing house Claridad.

The very important historical importance of the Boedo Group can only be understood together with the Florida Group, supposedly both presented to the argentinian society of that time as antagonists, Jorge Luis Borges (he was included in Florida group, even he didn't agree with that) suggested years later that a way to make literature more interesting for people was one of the reasons of that rivality. Probably the debate between both sides was not that real but it certainly had a strong effect improving interest of common people in books and literature; the books sales, specially those of the worker's class writers of Boedo increased notably.

Olivari, who was a founder of the Boedo group, later became a member of the less political Florida group; Roberto Arlt was also associated with both groups.

Transportation[edit]

Boedo has access to many bus lines to the center and to the nearby Primera Junta transportation hub, it has also access to the E Line of the subte (subway).

The main streets of the neighborhood are: Boedo to the South, San Juan/Directorio to the east, and Independencia/Alberdi to the West.


Cultural References[edit]

The suburb is immortalised in the tango 'Boedo', written in 1928 by Julio De Caro and with lyrics by Francisco Bautista Rímoli; the lyrics personify it as a working-class suburb, a home of tango and a refuge for the poor who created it; the lyrics include a reference to the poets of the 'corner'.

Coordinates: 34°38′S 58°25′W / 34.633°S 58.417°W / -34.633; -58.417