Barcelona Global presented yesterday to the press the report 'Barcelona economic center: The challenge of re-economizing the center of Barcelona', a proposal aimed at easing the return of economic activity to the city center using 18 buildings, more than 243,300 m2, that are currently in disuse, have uses that are no longer justified or are underused and bet on the knowledge-driven economy (innovation, research, entrepreneurship) as an engine of transformation of the area.
Barcelona Global suggests:
- To create an administrative streamlining office for processing land-use changes, licenses and other necessary procedures and facilitating the transformation of land-uses and the rehabilitation of buildings in the center to accelerate and facilitate the economic activity of the city.
- To reuse these disused buildings, underused or not justified to settle square meters for offices in the center, as they are a fundamental element for emerging talent when developing their professional career.
- To identify investors and tenants for buildings and spaces to implement digital hubs in the city center, which can be a new stimulus for the economic growth of the city and the creation of new jobs.
The report underlines the danger that the center of Barcelona (neighborhoods Sant Pere, Santa Caterina, and la Ribera; Barceloneta, Gothic quarter; Raval; Poble Sec; Sant Antoni; Fort Pienc, and Dreta de l’Eixample) loses urban relevance and becomes a mixture of tourist area, with high concentration of visitors, headquarters of institutions and part of the administration, and residential area with high density and with great inequality challenges.