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HOW TO VISIT “EL CABAÑAL”

October 9, 2011

belongs  to “Poblados marítimos” district.

In the past it was just a group of huts where sailors lived, that’s why it took the name of Cabañal, however in the 17th century it became a famous place for Valencian people who wanted to rest and spend their free time there.

At the beginning of the 20th century this small group of houses joined Valencia’s City Hall which  some years later wanted to create a project to build a big road to bring the beach closer to the city.

After that, this part of the city was declared historical-artistical zone.

Nowadays there is a disagreement between the Spanish government and the city council of Valencia on whether it is possible to demolish some houses of that neighbourhood to build that road or not.

From my point of view, the city hall of Valencia is not taking care of this part of the city, they don’t really care about the historical meaning and the beauty of that place. You just have to walk along the streets to realize about it. There are a lot of houses in ruins and as I said before, just in my opinion, the city council hasn’t spent any money in this neighbourhood for a lot of time.

There is a group of people who are fighting to revalue that place and not to  allow the Valencian government  to let that area of the city “die.  It’s called “Salvem el Cabañal” and they use to organize some events like visiting different houses from this neighbourhood with a guide.

I am going to this visit tomorrow morning. If you fancy going along I hope you’ll like it!!!

http://www.acipmar.com/jornadas-de-puertas-abiertas-2011/

8 Comments leave one →
  1. marisa permalink
    October 9, 2011 7:43 pm

    Thanks for the tip! Pity I couldn’t make it as I was away. Do you have any idea what will finally happen, will they build the road and new buildings or will they preserve this suburb?

  2. Noemí permalink
    October 9, 2011 10:55 pm

    Well, on saturday morning I was there and the guide explained us that the problem is in the tribunal, so we’ll have to wait…. But what i can say is that It would be a pity to loose this part of the city. There are a lot of beautiful buildings full of history and arquitectural value in that place!

  3. October 10, 2011 6:04 pm

    There must be a way of make compatible the preservation of the zone with a normal use of the neighborhood. For instance, I hate how plan Riva has modified “El Carmen”. It has been a one to one building project instead of a global neighborhood project with different kind of services: shops, supermarkets, schools, gardens, and so on…

    May be crisis is a good opportunity to brake especulation and to design an integral project to take Valencia closer to sea

  4. October 10, 2011 11:32 pm

    Thanks for offering us the opportunity to visit such a controversial suburb. I find that it’s well worth the ethnographic exhibition you linked us.
    Related to this issue, this week I’ve read that an American foundation (World Monuments Fund) has just included El Cabañal in a map about the heritage in danger.
    From a community point of view I agree with Alpa72. I wish its future weren’t the same of El Carmen. Its inhabitants were completely ignored in the rehabilitation process.

  5. Eugenia Ferrer Perez permalink
    October 10, 2011 11:37 pm

    I completely agree with Alpa and although I personally like the idea of a city closer to sea, I don´t think that is necessary to demolish an historical fishermen quarter like Cabañal.
    The valencian government should try to conserve the area and its customs.

  6. October 11, 2011 12:02 am

    I don’t know what will happen with “Cabañal” but city council force sometimes to build differents parts off a city and the laws protect those decissions although it damage areas of cultural worth and send this neighbourhood to death.
    If Valencian government win this battle this zone will lose the native charm.

  7. October 12, 2011 1:40 pm

    Hi,
    Thanks godness here people are sensitive to preserve traditional suburbs, there were, in my city Maracaibo, two traditional neighborhood, called El Saladillo and El Empedrao, the first one currently has desapeared, the Governmet expropiated it, now is a big public walking with parks , shopping centre, and public buildings, they only respected the churches and a hospital; the second one, when the Government thought to do the same, people didn’t agree, they made manifestations and finally they got to be protected by the UNESCO declaration or something like that, now you can see it like it was in the past and it’s an atractive tourist place where to go.

  8. October 13, 2011 11:03 pm

    I really don’t know if the plan of the City Council of Valencia about “El Cabañal” is bad or good.
    I know that the neighbours are divided.
    On the one hand, there are neighbours who support and want the project is carried out. On the other hand, there are others who want to stop the project. I guess that each of these groups has their own points of view and interests on it.
    But of course, I wouldn’t like that beautiful or historic houses or buildings of the city where I live were knocked down.

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