Cambrils. Between nostalgia and nonsense

The cities have soul, a personality that is va edifying generation darrera generation. With some capes that are going to be superimposed and that create a human, urban, cultural, historical landscape… In which a collective heritage supersedes that has a strong symbolic burden, and that is essential in the construction of this shared space which is a city

A city close to the balance between the need to transform-to adapt-to the times, and the preservation of identity. In this dilemma between modernity and with respect to history, sovint enter into joc els interests. Molts, legitimate. Others not so much. And it is the democratic powers that have to overcome because these conflicts must be resolved by the whole of the city, and not by the sectors that have the most training capacity.

Amb tot això pensava arran de l’intens debate que s’ha viscut a Cambrils al voltant de l’old train station. I followed it very much because I consider Cambrils as one of the best cities, both Valls and Barcelona. The family hi hem viscut molts Nadals, Setmanes Santes i estius des fa quasi quaranta anys. Semper amb l’estació al fons (s’intuïa des finstra).

The disappearance of the Trenca railway line, per fi, the barrier that divided the urban fabric of the city. And it is the starting point of a proper tramway that has articulated the communications between the Camp de Tarragona. The change means an extraordinary progress for Cambrils. He stayed there for the first time in a future avinguda. Preserving it, was it the fruit of nostalgia or the defense of a symbol of the city? I do not feel both prou arguments per answer.

But they hi confessed that they didn’t have the sentiment mateix every time they passed by the Plaça del Pòsit. There, at the end of the year 2005, as you know, I was at the Pòsit dels Pescadors. It was not an architectural gem, but it was an unquestionable symbol of the identity of the city. Of the seva gent, of the seus fishermen. I amb ells, from tot which means Cambrils. Construït l’any 1924 per la Confraria de Pescadors, acollia cinema sessions, concerts, cultural acts, politics, i, fins i tot, a public school. Fins a l’any 1982 s’hi celebrate the sub-hastes of the fish. Later it will continue with a Municipal Market and a space for cultural and gastronomic life. The history of the 20th century in Cambrils transcorria pel Pòsit, com si fos to the beat of the seu icònic rellotge.

The building threatens ruin, it is true. But the technology allowed to reconstruct buildings respecting the seva external image, the seva personalitat. With the determination of a committed civil society and the will of their political representatives. Ciutats de tot el món have salvat el seu patrimoni urbanístico i sentimental amb obres que semblaven impossibles. I have saved, above all, the seu ús públic.

Cambrils, which in many decisions has managed to maintain the character of the city, this time will opt for the simplest solution. Topple the building. I opened a plot of land in the main urban space that Cambrils shares with its thousands of visitors. A site so tempting that it leaves from the first day is going to become an object of greed. There are no prou lines to recount disset anys of vicissitudes. Només direm that, as if it is the result of a biblical curse, the square, avui, ‘segueix en obres’.

In lloc del vell Pòsit dels Pescadors, from that building that had been the civic soul of the city, hi haurà, one day, when the finances of the promoters allowed, a great luxury hotel. For now, the tanks continue there and a gray pad that clashes dramatically with its surroundings. Further to the north, the land that the Estació occupied for three weeks will be part of the community that will connect the Cambrils neighborhoods. I could alleujarà the nostalgia felt by those who defended the Estació fins at the last moment. I am afraid that we will feel the mateix at the bell mig of the maritime neighborhood. A nonsense!

Josep Carles Rius Baró, born in Valls, is president of the Catalan Information Council and the Plural Journalism Foundation. He is going to be degà of the Col·legi de Periodistes de Catalunya. He is a doctor in Communication and author of the book ‘Journalism in reconstruction’ (UB, 2016). Professor of journalism for 25 years at the UAB, he has been director of ‘La Vanguardia’ and has also worked at ‘El Periódico’, TVE or ‘Público’, among other media.

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