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History vs. developers in Spain

The ruins of this town shows the outlines of streets, original foundations of stone houses, and the reproduction of part of the village's perimeter security wall. This Count's family donated the ruins to the local government years ago in return for its protection. Now the Count says he feels betrayed by the government's plan to build an industrial park right next door. He says saving the town is as important to him as saving the town from the Roman Empire was. The Count points out how one can still see the seven camps surrounded by a wall that the original Roman commander made with the aim to starve the town into surrender. Just 400 yards beyond those camps lies the proposed site of the industrial park. This representative for the development says it will bring much needed jobs to the region. Others say rows and rows of buildings will destroy views of the town. But the developer says there is no law that protects views of historical heritage sites, and it's not the job of the government to settle matters of taste. But there are laws in Spain and in the EU designed to protect heritage sites and views of them. This professor says this is purely land speculation by the government. The professor and the count don't have a lot of people on their side but they say they'll keep fighting.

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