“Here, there was nothing, just fields as far as the eye could see”: in 50 years, the face of Charrel has changed in Aubagne

“Here, there was nothing, just fields as far as the eye could see”: in 50 years, the face of Charrel has changed in Aubagne
“Here, there was nothing, just fields as far as the eye could see”: in 50 years, the face of Charrel has changed in Aubagne

There was nothing here, just fields as far as the eye could see. Even the school didn’t exist, we were in the middle of the countryside“, remembers Abdelah, exactly 60 years old, while observing, in Aubagne, the surroundings of his city, its greenery and its hills. The inhabitants of the plain? Before the beginning of the 1970s, you could almost count them on the fingers of one hand.”We were staying with several families in the White Castle without even access to hot water, so the Charrel for us was modernity.“, confides Abdelah.

Because originally, at the beginning of the 20th century, Charrel was better known for its farms and pig farms than for its urbanization. In the 1920s, the first individual dwellings appeared, according to a document from the municipal archives. But the district remained poorly developed until the arrival of the Concerted Development Zone project in 1970. The “Zac du Charrel” was born.

Five decades later, the 992-unit housing estate still stands, and memories of the early days linger in the collective mind as many of the original tenants still live within the four walls of the Charrel. For fifteen years, the towers rose one by one, meeting the needs of the surrounding factories.We are considered a city, but we are lucky to have much more than others have had.argument a posteriori Maamar, here at large here. A school, a college, sports fields, a swimming pool, shops nearby… we have almost everything! And the tram allows us not to remain closed in on ourselves.

But above all, a natural setting to which the inhabitants are very attached, especially in times of climate change. “Today, I can still see this nature from every room in my apartment.says Marc. That’s why I’m still here, thirty-nine years later.

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