More traffic jams
Perhaps as a sign that the economy is improving, the buildup of traffic coming in and out of Barcelona is increasing. According to the RACC, the 'lost time' spent by drivers waiting in traffic jams in the Catalan capital increased by 29% between 2013 and 2014.
Barcelona, a safe city
Barcelona has been given 15th place in a ranking by The Economist of the safest cities in the world. First place is occupied by Tokyo, followed by Singapour, Osaka, Stockholm and Amsterdam. Madrid is at number 21. The ranking takes into account various factors, such as air quality, number of doctors and life expectancy.
Service sector growing
The service sector continues to grow in Barcelona. 89% of employed people now work in the service industry (tourism, education, banks, administration etc), compared to just 8% who work in industry and 3% in construction.
Oliva Artés to be converted into museum
The former Oliva Artés factory in the Parc Central of Poblenou will open in its first phase in the spring. It will depend on the Museu d'Història de Barcelona and will explain the city's journey, from industrial times to the present day.
Artur Mas doesn't make the grade
Just eight months before the regional elections, the Catalans (according to a recent poll by the Generalitat) scored Catalan premier Artur Mas' leadership at just 4,87 out of 10. Although his score has risen by a tenth of a point in the last year, he received harsh criticism for his managing of the government cuts, particularly with regards to unemployment and health.