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Kypseli is a neighbourhood in central Athens and one of the oldest urban areas of the city. Kypseli until the beginning of the 20th century was a rural area with a few estates and country houses (Konstantinos Kanaris a hero of the Greek revolution lived here). In 1908 it was bounded and planned by the engineer Athanasios Georgiadis. The urban transformation started in the 1930s, when family houses and the first modern apartment buildings began to be constructed. The earlier houses were built in neoclassical style but after the 1930s the newer houses and apartment buildings were influenced by international trends such as Modernism, Bauhaus and Art Deco. In the 1960s Kypseli was inhabited basically by middle and upper-middle class families and at the same time had a vibrant nightlife with theatres, night clubs and restaurants, especially around Fokionos Negri street.