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Malmskillnadsgatan

Malmskillnadsgatan (Swedish: "The Ridge Dividing Street") is a 650-metre long street in central Stockholm, Sweden. It stretches northward from the Brunkebergstorg square over Hamngatan; crosses Mäster Samuelsgatan and Oxtorgsgatan; passes over the bridge Malmskillnadsbron passing over Kungsgatan; crosses Brunnsgatan and David Bagares gata; and finally ends at Johannes plan near Döbelnsgatan.

Map of Malmskillnadsgatan, Stockholm, Sweden

In today's Sweden, at the end of the last ice age, the retiring ice sheet left behind several ridges filled with sand and rounded gravel, ridges called malmar (sing. malm) in Swedish. In the central-northern part of Stockholm, the Brunkebergsåsen, divided the Norrmalm district in an eastern and western part, Östermalm and Västermalm, and Malmskillnadsgatan is a street passing along the top of the ridge.

First appearing in documents from the 17th century, the name Malmskillnaden arguably designated some sort of road passing over the Ridge of Brunkeberg, an eventuality obscured by the appearance of the name Skillnadsgatan ("The difference/Divergence street"). The street itself first appears in a map dated 1640, detailing the planned development of Norrmalm, but due to the excavation required, Malmskillnadsgatan was to remain an impracticable for some time. In the late 17th century however, a street called Malm skillnadz gatun is stretching north from Brunkebergstorg to Oxtorget, where a sand hill separated it from what is today its northern section. During the 1710s, finally, the street was entirely united as can be seen in a map dated 1733.

In association with the post-war redevelopment of central Stockholm, the residential area along the southern part of the street was transformed into a business area, isolated from the surrounding shopping district.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Malmskillnadsgatan (with Artillerigatan in the Östermalm district) was a traditional site for street prostitution in Stockholm), as the isolated location of the street made it completely abandoned after business hours.

References

Malmskillnadsgatan Wikipedia


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