If there is a phrase that sums up their feelings not only, but this is also about that and the message they want to convey is, surely, this.
Barcelona has more hotels than we can bear, whether they are full or empty.” It is taken from the manifesto that two members of the have read the unpleasant morning of this Tuesday in the Plaza de Sant Miquel, surrounded by representatives of social and neighborhood of the city, from the FAVB to the platform Platform in defense of the Barceloneta, the PAH or the Sindicat de Llogateres the place and time for reading is not accidental.
They did so after delivering the allegations to the consistory, signed by all the entities present there – until 15 – to the update of the Special Urban Plan for Tourist Accommodation (PEUAT) , initially approved by the government commission last January. Some allegations that are in line with those presented four years ago, when they already defined the tool as ” necessary and at the same time insufficient .”
The presentation of the allegations, which, in short, pursue a more restrictive plan – for a reason they are called Assemblea de Barris pel Decreixement Turístic (ABDT ) also has a lot of “here we continue”. The context in which the initial PEUAT was approved to which the tourist union torpedoed complaints, some of which have resulted in the changes made in the current version today seems almost a parallel reality.
Only four years ago, but the city was completely different, at a time when tourism was breaking a record and had become the main concern of citizens.
Today the reality is radically different, for which the social movements gathered around the ABDT have feltthe need to be present and visible, with T-shirts that spoke for them, with slogans such as “Tourism kills neighborhoods” or “Stop cruises.”
Just after the sentence in which they indicate that the city already has more hotels than they can support, “full or empty”, the statement adds that “in both ways they are cruel in a city where there are evictions every day and a growing number of homeless people.
The PAH Barcelona spokesperson Santi Mas de Xaxàs, has referred to this right to housing , who recalled the ” evident impact of tourism on housing and its price as Rodrigo Martínez, from the Llogateres Union has done,as Irene Escorihuela from the DESC Observatory has added .
Among the specific demands of the ABDT, it is worth mentioning that zones one and two become de-growth zones and that three and four be zero-growth zones. They also claim “legislative instruments that end the indefinite nature of tourist accommodation licenses, in order to control and extinguish them.”
Regarding the rooms for rent by the day, which this new version of the PEUAT approved initially prohibits, from the neighborhood movements they insist that “a highly restrictive background regulation is needed in case the PEUAT falls or is modified at any time”.
When the municipal government presented the PEUAT revision this January, it pointed out that “four years after its entry into force, in the central neighborhoods there are 940 fewer tourist places and the offer has grown in a controlled and balanced way in peripheral areas, where new activities are an opportunity for the territory “and they insisted that the tool” continues to be essential to guarantee the right to housing and neighborhood life. ” “The message that the entities send is that there is a debate in the city that has not died.
How should tourism be regulated? They also tell us that we must learn from mistakes and move from the tourist city to the city with tourism, something that we already learned the last mandate. We agree that now is the time to rethink the city with strategies that not only go through the PEUAT, but also through actions such as the acquisition of commercial basements or blocks of flats so that there are more neighbors.
since keeping the neighborhood alive is the better antidote Reflects the Deputy Mayor Janet Sanz, who underlines the need to seek balance and that this crisis has shown that Barcelona’s formula for success is that of a city with strong neighborhood since these have been the that have been more resilient in this crisis.