Trakia district is the youngest neighborhood in the city of Plovdiv. It was designed by a creative team headed by the prominent Bulgarian urbanist architect Ivan Popov in 1968 and its construction began literally on a bare meadow. This gave a chance to create a modern and architecturally compliant infrastructure, but panel constructions and complex construction, which were current at the time, became essential for residential buildings.
The beginning of construction began in 1974 with residential blocks No. 13 and 14 with shops. They were designed by architect Maria Sapundzhieva and were located in residential group A9. People called them the "French ones", because Sapundzhieva had recently returned from a specialization in France. The newcomers were mostly young and middle-aged families.
Trakia residential area was divided into twelve groups. The construction started from group A9, which was subsequently completed and landscaped. The streets were asphalted, sidewalks were made, trees and flowers were planted, lawns and rest areas were formed.
The apartments had very functional layouts, comfortable for living. In the large ones, there was even a "play corner for children" - something completely new for housing construction in Bulgaria. The shops, located on the first floor, were spacious and comfortable, and the facades were designed very successfully with quite frugal means in terms of the materials used.
In parallel with this, the construction of the Trakia industrial zone, oriented towards high technologies, was also underway.
In the neighborhood, even when the town planning projects were being drawn up, everything was planned. This included the necessary kindergartens and nurseries, shops, landscaped areas, sports grounds, places for recreation. Based on the concept of architect I. Popov, under the leadership of architect Zhan Panayotov, the necessary road communications were also built, which also meet today's road transport requirements.
One of the great achievements is the central heating system, designed under the leadership of engeneer Gancho Hadzhiganev. Even before the construction of the housing began, the necessary substations were built in the team of engineer Naydenov.
A sewage and water supply network suitable for the projected population of 60,000 inhabitants was built for Trakia. As of today, according to the 2019 census, there are already 60,795 people registered at their permanent address. With the population of mastodons such as Tomov Plaza, Olympia, etc., as well as with the construction of new complexes, they are already certainly well above the predicted figure.
Subsequently, a school and a kindergarten were built in the area.
It was only in 1983 that the neighborhood became an independent administrative unit. The first district mayor was Lev Panayotov. From then until today, management has been in the hands of a total of 10 mayors - Todor Petkov, Danail Tarpomanov, Paun Ivanov, Petko Gurgutov, Kolyo Imenov, Veselin Chivchibashiev, Dr. Alexander Panov, Slavcho Atanasov, Ginyo Matev and the current mayor Kostadin Dimitrov.
In the short period that has passed since the democratic changes in 1989, Trakia region escaped from the image of the "bedroom of Plovdiv residents" and in 2008 reached public recognition, winning the prize "Best neighborhood to live in" in the competition of three Plovdiv media - Eurocom - Bulgaria TV, Darik Radio - Plovdiv and Plovdiv 24 Chasa.
To date, it still has the amenities of wide boulevards, large parks, and an ample supply of shops and entertainment venues, but over-development hasn't passed it by either.
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