Friday, October 17, 2014

3 more historic establishments closing down in Barcelona

Three more emblematic "mom-n-pop" stores that have formed part of Barcelona's everyday fabric since the 19th century are closing down because the owners of the properties have increased their rent prices to capitalize on mass tourism. Previously, historic establishments had been protected from dramatic rent increases by a law (Ley Boyer), but the law expired this year. In spite of locals' demand to renew the law, the government refused. No respect for history, community, or democracy. That's how neoliberalism (our current economic system) has been working. (But it doesn't have to be that way.)
"Some of the tourists who enjoyed shopping in stores like these told me [the shop-owner], "In our countries we don't have stores like this anymore."

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