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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Santa Cruz Changes Names of City Streets

Rambla de Santa Cruz, formerly Rambla del General Franco Koppchen, CC BY 3.0

Street names are changing this week, after the mayor signed a decree changing the names of eight (out of more than 100) of the streets with names that had something to do with the Franco era, in accordance with the Ley de la Memoria Histórica (Historical Memory Law.)

The names, which changed as of Thursday, are as follows:

Old Street Name New Street Name Translation
Rambla del General Franco Rambla de Santa Cruz Holy Cross Way
Avenida José Antonio Avenida Marítima Maritime Avenue
Avenida del General Mola Avenida Islas Canarias Canary Islands Avenue
Calle General Moscardó Calle Del Amor Love Street
Calle General Goded Calle Del Perdón Forgiveness Street
Calle General Fanjul Calle Del Olvido Forgetfulness Street
Calle General Sanjurjo Calle De los Sueños Dreams Street
Calle García Morato Calle De la Tolerancia Tolerance Street

The new names have been chosen partly in consultation with residents, but we can't help thinking that the choice of the last five of those street names isn't, entirely random or accidental. There are, of course, numerous opinions on this. There are those who think that changing the names is actually sweeping the bad stuff under the carpet; that once the names are taken off the streets, this ugly part of history will be forgot.