However, Carrascosa affirmed: “The residents’ associations have to explain what tourism represents for the city; they have to make the streets more attractive. However, to attack tourism would be to attack the district itself, because the district could be abandoned. My concern about tourism is that it isn’t permanent, there are waves of tourists. They ask me where the Palace of Dar Al-horra is and I am ashamed to tell them they have to pass through that abandoned alley.”
Carrascosa claims: “Also the residents have to be responsible for their district. When we visited the White Towns of Cádiz, not only the city council but also the residents were committed to cleaning the districts during springtime. However, to stroll around some corners of the Albayzín is shameful. Carrascosa and his obsessions, they told me…”
In the shaded patio of his house, he takes out a folder where he keeps the papers he is writing to commemorate his 90 years. While he takes them out, he answers: “How have I reached my age? By loving those who nobody loves.” Finally, he finds the front page of the documents he was looking for. The front page says: “Reasons to be satisfied, happy and hopeful.” Congratulations to Miguel. Here’s to another 90 years with such spirit.
*Photo: Pepe Marín