Spain growth forecast doubled
In just six months, the IMF has changed its 2014 growth forecast for Spain from 0.6% to 1.2%b based on the country's improved economic performance. In 2015 it expects to see growth of 1.6% and it estimates that it will take five years for the economy to return to its pre-crisis level. However, it warns of continuing high unemployment and severe inequalities that will persist unless the government takes decisive action.
Port Olímpic residents demand more security
Residents of the Port Olímpic area are asking authorities to reflect on the kind of leisure options that the area is currently promoting. They claim that there has been a significant rise in vandalism and fighting and that the zone is attracting prostitutes and drug dealers. They associate this with the growing number of bars and clubs that open in the summer months, along with an insufficient police presence.
Barcelona ranking high
Between 2009 and 2013 Barcelona was rated the sixth most powerful city brand and the tenth city worldwide for international investment. According to the report published by the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, the city also ranks seventh for best future perspectives, fourth for international congresses and 11th for scientific research. It's also a lot cheaper than some other European competitors. It's also the only city in Europe with two business schools that rank in the European top ten: ESADE and IESE.
Plans to reduce traffic on the Ramblas
The Ajuntament is looking at making the Ramblas a pedestrian zone via a gradual reduction of traffic. Discussions and negotiations are under way with local businesses and entities to plan the future of the city's most emblematic street.
Sports theme park to open on Montjuïc
Plans have been announced to open a sports theme park on Montjuïc. With an investment of 20 million euros, the park would use the existing infrastructure to offer visitors interactive sporting experiences. The park is scheduled to open in 2015 and will stay open from April until October. Apparently it will not affect the activities of locals who use the Olympic installations.