Helsinki/Kamppi and Southwest

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Kamppi and southwestern Helsinki is here defined as the part of the city raying out to the southwest of the city core, stretching along freeway 51 to the border of next-door Espoo. Kamppi is for the purposes of this article delimited by Baana and Hietaniemi cemetery in the northwest, Mannerheimintie in the east and Bulevardi in the southeast. In addition to Kamppi, Ruoholahti and Jätkäsaari it also includes Lauttasaari.
Southwestern Helsinki has something for everyone. The part next to Mannerheimintie with the shopping centers of Kamppi and Forum are not much different from the rest of the downtown, though just a block or two into Kamppi the environment becomes much more residential. There is no lack of restaurants, cafés, bars and clubs, though and aside of downtown itself and Kallio, this is a good place to go out for a drink.
Ruoholahti, still in the 1980s a somewhat rough and dirty part of the city is now modern and clean with glass and steel office and apartment buildings, partially built on land reclaimed from the sea. Still the former cable factory (nowadays a cultural center), the Salmisaari power plant and the shipyard reminds of the former industrial character. A bridge to the west lays the island of Lauttasaari, mostly residential.

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