Aegaleo

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Aegaleo, commonly Aigaleo or Egaleo (Greek: Αιγάλεω) is a municipality west of Athens, Greece. It is situated west of the Cephissos river. Its population was 74,046 in 2001.

Aegaleo received its name from the nearby mountain which, in turn, is derived from Greek words meaning "population of goats" (Αίγα + Λαός). Originally, the area was populated by a few workers of a local factory. After 1922, a large number of refugees from Asia Minor arrived. By 1934, the area became a community and by 1941 a municipality. Its original name was New Kydoniai after Kydonies (Ayvalik) in Asia Minor.

On September 29, 1944, German troops executed 31 residents and set a number of local houses on fire killing a further 65.

Today, one quarter of the municipality is industrialized mainly in the east where the Cephissus valley is located and is connected as the Athens Industrial Area. Its city newspaper since 1985 has the same name with the suburban city called Aegaleo.

Aegaleo used to be the seat of Western Attica. The present (2011) mayor of the city is Christos Kardaras (PASOK).

The area will have a subway station named Aegaleo.

Some of the biggest problems for the past few decades were smog and traffic congestion.

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