In 1990 the Network for Metelkova was formed, consisting of more than 200 partner organisations facilitated by the Movement for the Culture of Peace and Non Violence and the ŠKUC, to propose a new, peaceful and creative use for the barracks. In 1991 the Network for Metelkova formally petitioned the newly-independent Slovene government to take possession of the abandoned site. The municipality of Ljubljana gave some promises that the area would be given to the alternative culture, but realistically nothing happened.
I chose this subject as your first impression of this place is a bit intimidating (especially at night). However, once you acclimatise to the surroundings, you can appreciate the bond this place has within the community.