San Ángel

San Ángel

Infobox Settlement
name = San Ángel
settlement_type = Colonia
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = Mexico
subdivision_type1 = Federal entity
subdivision_name1 = D.F.
subdivision_type2 = Borough
subdivision_name2 = Álvaro Obregón
area_magnitude = 1 E5
area_total_km2 = 0.49
area_land_km2 =
population_as_of = 1995
population_total = 1888
population_density_km2 = 3820
timezone = Central Standard Time
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = Central Daylight Time
utc_offset_DST = -5
postal_code_type = Postal code
postal_code = 01000
San Ángel is a neighborhood ("colonia") in the borough ("delegación") of Álvaro Obregón in the Mexican Federal District.

The historic neighborhood of San Ángel lies to the southwest of Mexico City in the delegación (borough) of Álvaro Obregón, whose namesake was assassinated here in 1928. Its wistful name originated in the times of the founding of the Carmelite college during the 17th century, established here to take advantage of a location ideally suited to quiet meditation and the contemplation of nature. The temperate climate, abundance of water, and the rich, firm subsoil also encouraged the growth of a once-famous orchard, the establishment of textile and finishing mills, and the construction of many fine country estates inhabited by the wealthier citizens of Mexico City. The factories spurred a sister a workers town next to San Ángel called Tizapan.

As late as the 1950s, San Ángel was regarded as a town away from the city; however, it has now been completely incorporated into the city. To this day, the local streets retain their cobblestones and oftenlead into small, romantic plazas. Many of the local houses, with their capricious architectural details, today serve as centers for different cultural and artistic activities. Tizapan has become increasingly gentrified, and the old Loreto & Peñapobre paper mill has become a shopping and cultural center.

The studio of Diego Rivera is in this neighborhood (Avenida Altavista, in front of San Ángel Inn Restaurant), one of the first functionalist houses built in the city and now an art gallery and cultural center. San Ángel is also home to many excellent restaurants, as well as boutiques offering displays of fine handicrafts. Altavista is also one of the premiere shopping streets for wealthy residents of Mexico City, although it is less pretentious than Presidente Masaryk in Polanco. Another notable street is Avenida de la Paz, a short street with lots of nightlife thanks to its many restaurants and bars. Avenida de la Paz is home to a Mexico City institution, a crepe restaurant called Cluny. It has been the street's focal point for close to 30 years, and is a traditional dating spot for young well-to-do Mexicans.

In the last couple of years, many restaurants were constructed near the outskirts of San Ángel on Avenida Revolución.

San Ángel is also home to one of Mexico's best universities, ITAM, specializing in Economics and Business Administration.

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