In Szentenderi út there is a factory chimney on the side of the River Danube reminding us of the past. The sizeable sign PP Center on the side of the chimney represents the endeavours of the present and the future. In the area located in the heart of Óbuda an industrial park was established in the middle of the previous century, where all jobs were cut from one day to the next in 1990. The workers were laid off and the factory buildings in a critical condition started to perish.
Today hundreds of people start work in PP Business Center in workplaces located in the area that used to belong to a textile factory, these places of work include offices, shops and warehouses. Hundreds of entrepreneurs, artists, artisans and traders having found a new home for their ventures here can direct their businesses from this location. The majority of them may be unaware of the fact that the facilitiy dubbed ”village in the city” operating with remodernised internal infrastructure was a bleak and rundown factory site in the not very distant past eaten away by the crimson rust of ever-changing history. The Atlantis of Hungarian textile industry got stuck in the black hole of political transition. The ants abandoned their hill. The weeds sprang up from the cracks of the concrete.
However, matter does not get lost if it is in good hands. The new owners could have destroyed the old buildings to dust and erected new ones in their places, but they chose to act differently. They chose a more troublesome way, the way of work, creation and shaping new forms. They set out to breathe life into the buildings of the ”dead city”. They wanted to get its heart to throb.
All places of the factory founded in 1908 lived and functioned for eighty years. After over 15 years of spiritless life the centre resurrected. One room after the other, one building after the other, and newer and newer ”districts of the city” were constructed.
The companies moving into the restored buildings gave a new momentum to work. By now renowned organisations such as az Hír TV, Extreme Digital, Gelbert and Monobit Printing House, Libri and more than 150 other firms claim PP Center to be their own village maturing into an independent city.