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Wall paintings, colorful facades and flowery alleyways are brightening up the centuries-old Tangiers medina as residents bring life to the neglected streets of the Moroccan port's old city. Standing on a hill overlooking the port and the Strait of Gibraltar – one of the world's most strategically vital waterways – the old city of Tangiers has few green spaces.But residents of 13 neighborhoods have launched a campaign to spruce it up.The operation was funded by the residents themselves and now four neighborhoods in Tangiers have won awards from Morocco's Observatory for Environmental and Historical Monuments.Mohammad Salmoun, a local civil society activist, said the project had changed the face of several marginalized parts of the city.Tangiers residents are proud of their city's long history, particularly the story of Ibn Battouta, who left Tangiers in 1325 at the age of 21 .
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