"Moravia has a deep-rooted history and identity," Ramírez said. "[Residents] have closely seen and participated in the transformation processes through struggles in defence of the territory."
What's next for Moravia?
Moravia continues to evolve while paying homage to its unique past.
Ana Cristina Vélez Bunzl is a Medellín-based tour guide who regularly takes guests to Moravia, the Comuna 13 barrio and the Museo Casa de La Memoria (The House of Memory Museum) – a solemn and powerful museum focusing on those displaced by Colombia's conflicts through the years, including so many within Moravia.
"These places are important because we get to understand the real issues that a city like Medellín has had," said Bunzl. "We can leave the myth of 'drugs are the only problem in Colombia' behind and deeply understand the internal conflict of the country and how it affects this unique city. Neighbourhoods like Moravia have gone through a lot dealing with that conflict and have found in music, art and culture a way of telling their stories and resisting."
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One of the neighbourhood's biggest drivers for improved infrastructure and cultural development is the Urban Lab Medellín Berlin, self-described as a "think and do tank that brings together inhabitants, students, architects, local authorities and other urban actors". The organisation, in part, was inspired by co-founder Maximilian Becker's first trip to Medellín in 2013.
"We were deeply inspired by the fight of the community to stay in the neighbourhood they have built with their own hands," said Becker. "This first encounter with Moravia had a deep impact on all of us, and ever since, we had the dream to come back some day with a project."