The keywords show the ambivalent relation with the past. Apart from a nostalgic look back on the past, it shouldn’t be forgotten that antiga quinta da Curraleira was also a place marked by police raids and drug abuse.
The origins of antiga curraleira date back to a late era of industrialization when many people left the countrysides to live in the city. “[…] 39/40/50, quando começam os grandes exodos rurais, ou seja movimentos de imigração do mundo rural para a cidade.” (João Queiroz, Fundação Agha Khan) Although the original community mainly stems rural regions such as “Trás dos Montes”, in the local school other nationalities such as Asian, Eastern European or African are represented but according to João Queiroz not significant. “Há uma população muito variada, africana, da Asia, da Europa de leste na escola. Enfim na escola existem 31 nacionalidades, mas nos bairros quem lá vive…os imigrantes é residual, não é significativo.”(João Queiroz, Fundação Agha Khan)
“era uma espécie de pequena aldeia” (João Queiroz, Fundação Agha Khan)
The horizontal informal construction of the “barracas” promoted strong social ties and conviviality among the former community. Nowadays the vertical construction of the social housing blocks and the absence of welcoming public places, such as parks, playgrounds or art, doesn’t invite people to get together. USER is a European program that aims to solve the neglection of public place through community events. Pa-redes is an initiative by Clube to implement street art within the neighborhood.