As the city of Madrid was growing it also needed to expand its boundaries to annex what in the second half of the 19th century were still rough areas mostly inhabited by the working classes who came to the city for work and couldn’t afford to live closer to the center. One such area is the neighborhood of Tetúan, which extends very differently on both sides of Bravo Murillo, one of the city’s longest streets. Its eastern side is more developed, with plenty of office buildings and commercial real estate. The western side is more residential, with a higher immigrant population.
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