Doyle is a 700 year old village situated near the river Sheldt in Belgium, which is currently under threat of destruction. It happened due to too close location to the port of Antwerp. Approximately, in the 1970s it was decided that the Antwerp harbour was extended, and Doyle quickly became a target for destruction. The construction of a large container terminal near the settlement is already underway and the port authority proposes to create a second terminal in place of settlement.
Much attention is paid to the abandoned cities of the world, they seem to draw their mystery and mystique. In this case, the factor of abandonment is closely intertwined with beautiful stratacom that doubly attractive. When the plan to demolish the village declared, the locals had opposed and successfully resisted the destruction within a few decades, but the government was insistent. Sometimes in pretty rough shape – in 2008 hundreds of special teams of police on protection of a public order was sent to the village to force the inhabitants to retreat. A formerly prosperous village now looks like a war zone, with streets strewn with rubble and large ugly ruins at the site of some houses.
Some residents are still here, but by the 90s, many have already moved out. However, as many have begun to serve, a diverse group of people interested in Doyle – artists from all over Europe slowly transform the settlement into one huge artistic canvas.
All the facades of the buildings and the wall are now in the grip of a massive graffiti — a giant black and white rat, strange looking people, cartoons, comics, and foreign objects. The village would be completely devoid of people, but colorful and awe-inspiring inscriptions on the walls supported it.
A big part of their long history, DOEL enjoyed a peaceful, culturally rich existence. The village has many historical attractions, including the oldest stone windmill of the country (1611) and the only windmill on a sea wall and many historically unique rural homes, such as the Farm, Reynard the Fox, with its monumental barn. The village is also known for the nearby nuclear power station that still dominates the skyline with its twin towers.
The tug of war between residents and the government dragged on for forty years, but the destruction seems inevitable, as less than 200 people were here today, most of them new settlers. Most likely, along with Golem and it's a great street art will cease to exist.