The evolution of Bucharest is one of the best instances of the ambiguous relationship existing between the Romanian lands and the Ottoman Empire. Although it was not an Ottoman town, it shared many aspects with towns in the Ottoman area of influence.
One of these shared aspects was the division by Mahallas. Mahallas were small quarters of the town which arose around a religious building and which were often inhabited by a homogeneous community of people belonging to the same ethnic, social or religious groups.
As the town grew, mahallas fused with each other giving birth to wider neighborhoods that suffered through waves of modernization and demolitions (in communist times). This was the fate of places like Armeneasca, Mantuleasa, Old Jewish Quarter, Batistei.
But not all places are created equal. Some were purpose build by the powers that be for their acolytes and auxiliary personnel. This was the case of Cotroceni, Domenii or Primaverii. One gets a sense of order and of rules and regulations in these places. Which makes them more interesting in a city where there’s so little of them.