Melendez Timeline

  • Miguel Umaña becomes owner of Hacienda Meléndez

  • Miguel Umaña becomes owner of Hacienda Meléndez

  • The municipality recovered partly the sugar mills that were located on ejido land

  • The owners of Hacienda Meléndez create the Sociedad Garcés Giraldo Hermanos

  • Began the settlements of the population in the sector

  • Sociedad Garcés Giraldo Hermanos acquired the Casa Fletcher de Escocia

  • Creation of Club Campestre and the foundation of Ingenio Meléndez

  • Is constituted in the company Ingenio Meléndez S.A

  • The inaguration of Lacordaire School

    The foundation of the first primary, high school and university of Dominic's in Cali, made that the religion of the neighborhood and they children to consolidate in a big Catholicism
  • Meléndez became a township

  • The American School buy the ground in Meléndez

  • The building of the barracks of napoles divide the township in 2 Meléndez and Caldas

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    The existence of Salsa Dancers

  • Meléndez became a Neighborhood

  • The first families start to live in Meléndez

  • A lot of schools began to open in Meléndez

  • The construction of the catolic church of Santa María Reina

    The collaboration of the neighbors in this building made the foundation years later of the Centro Cultural Popular Meléndez
  • The donation of 1.000.000 m2 to the Universidad del Valle

    The consequences of this is the expansion of the university that possibility to the university to became a prestigious school
  • Foundation of Centro Cultural Popular Meléndez

    The consequences of this foundation is that years later they open the first neighborhood library of the city and the health centre
  • The first house of bricks in the nieghborhood

    The consequences of this, were the next step in the urbanization that was stop building houses with wood and start to use bricks
  • The naples military barracks begins to function

    With this, people begin to feel scared to see armed people constantly, and they begin to isolate themselves from the street, making public places such as salsa dancers, or local street stalls, have to close.
  • The opening of the American School

  • The families moved because the Tumaco earthquake arrive

  • The parish and the Meléndez Cultural Center formed a unit and carried out many joint activities

    Training for women, cultural weeks from which theater, cinema and dance began to be brought to the neighborhood and a youth movement with great awareness and commitment that years later project to the city
  • The idea of a Mall in Meléndez

    This Mall that is Unicentro it definitively corners and suffocates La Playa, the valuation and taxes force the poorest to leave makes us no longer walk through the great Meléndez, that Valley that was; now we go from the old neighborhood to La Esmeralda, Horizontes, Nuevo Horizontes, Portobelo, Jordán, Holmes Trujillo, Polvorines, Alto Jordán, the invasion ...
  • The rebuild of the 94 Street

    Renovating the street allows for improved vehicular access, and provides a better connection between the neighborhood and the rest of the city.
  • The constitution of Constructora Melendez S.A.

    Now that the company Ingenio Meléndez S.A is now a construction company, they began to donate houses to the population of the neighborhood
  • The militaries began to leave Meléndez

    The military began to leave Meléndez due to the construction of homes for them within the premises of the military barracks and with this people returned to walk and go out to the streets
  • Another religions arrive

    One of the significant transformations is the proliferation of churches or spiritual centers that offer different alternatives to the Catholic one. Garages, rooms ... small spaces, in which a community, led by a pastor, gathers to praise, to sing, to give testimony of their salvation lived as a gift from Jesus Christ. These churches are changing: they leave, they move blocks… however, there are two larger and more permanent churches in this sector: the Pentecostals and the Jehovah's Witnesses.
  • Those displaced by the guerrillas show up in the neighborhood

    The new settlements are the face of pain, and the war, they inevitably take over the gaze and the experience. In the last decade, paramilitaries, guerrillas, the army, drug trafficking or other forms of persecution and pressure, violence, continue to expel people from their land, continue to evict entire families from the fields, single women with young children, many who do not want to serve any army and pay with their displacement their attempts to resist this macabre war that kills us
  • Those displaced by the guerrillas show up in the neighborhood - 2 ( Read Description ) )

    (This is the part 2) These settlements, increasingly distant from the plane, increasingly higher in the mountain, show us a landscape of ranches that do not become houses: guaduas, cardboard, pieces of wood ... thatched roofs, some zinc cans, sheds of plastic. In any case, these are recent invasions, without services; in high-risk areas, without urban routes, which facilitate fire, robbery, rapes, the consumption of bazu-co or anything else.
  • The creation of social building

    Because of the displaced the government tried to build in the sector some of the works destined for Commune 18, to which we belong: a library, a cultural center, different support and education programs… schools… health post. All of this will help the more recently arrived population to a less traumatic incorporation into the city.