Let's talk about our neighbourhood, about where do we live, share some photos, tell the story, etc...
I live in Bydgoszcz, Poland. It would take too long to tell about my city's history (I've been writing a blog about it
for one and half year and I haven't even told 10 percent of it) so I focus only on my district.
Wyżyny. It has a long history too. The very first mention I was able to find about it is Franciszek Mincer's sentence - "Villages near Bydgoszcz, such as Bartodzieje, were completely depopulated after Deluge" (Deluge took place 1655–60). Bartodzieje is the old name for Wyżyny - "bartnik" means "beekeeper". Apparently there was plenty of beekepers then. Actually, there is a story about some weapon called "bart" or something like that that could had been maken here, but I do not know much about it. At the end of the XVIII century Bartodzieje was known as "Lutheran village"
Bartodzieje was divided into Małe Bartodzieje and Duże Bartodzieje. Duże Bartodzieje are located at the north side of the Brda River and it kept its name since then, but Małe Bartodzieje (south side) are known as Wyżyny since 1972.
In 1772 Małe Bartodzieje had became a part of Prussia because of Partitions of Poland. It's name under German control was "Klein Bartelsee". In 1896, Klein-Bartelsee had a population of 1,810 people, while in 1905 lived here already2,017 people. The vast majority (1569) were Protestants. It was the third most populous Bydgoszcz's (actually, Bromberg's - german name for Bydgoszcz) suburb.
Bydgoszcz and surroundings came back to Poland in January 1920. Three months later whole Bartodzieje area was incorporated into the Bydgoszcz (333.33 ha) and it's been a part of city since then.
As I have said before, Małe Bartodzieje are called Wyżyny since 1972. That's the year when new housing estate were began to built. New name - Wyżyny - comes from an escarpment remaining after pravalley of Wisła river (69 meters above sea level, about 30 meters above all the rest of the city).
It is currently inhabited by about thirty thousand people, which makes it the third largest district of Bydgoszcz in terms of population. The original design of urban planning was to build a district inhabitaded by at least fifty thousand people.
Wyżyny has the highest population density in the whole Bydgoszcz - more than 10,000 people per square kilometer. For comparison - the density of population of Gibraltar is 4500 per sq. km London 5200 per sq. km , and Paris, 21 288 per sq. km.
I hope you found interesting this short story about my district. I attach few photos.
Here you can see Wyżyny on googlemaps and visit it thanks to the Street View: http://goo.gl/maps/fuhgI