At the end of the 19th century, the then mayor Antonio Crespo began to allocate land in what is now Villa Crespo. At the time it was an area of large farms neighbouring Chacarita de los Colegiales. The main street – Boulevard Corrientes, today Avenida Corrientes – was the neighbourhood’s central focus from its beginning but this remained a quiet area until the opening of the Fábrica Nacional de Calzado (National Shoe Factory), La Federal tannery and the Maspero metal workshops, which led to significant growth in the area.
Long associated with tango, Villa Crespo has a monument to one of its most famous sons, tango musician Osvaldo Pugliese. Other attractions include Café San Bernardo and the traditional pizzeria Angelín.
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