It was announced this week that Las Arenas is up for sale (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The iconic builiding is looking for a new owner after costs to convert the space into a shopping centre and entertainment plaza mounted and worked had to be stopped. The crippling costs of the building work which is 80 percent complete is related to the funding crisis currently affecting the real estate market. Both the Ajuntament and the Generalitat are looking to initiate a quick sale so work can resume as soon as possible. There is growing concern over the delay to such a high profile and unique building and what it means to the image of the city, not only that but there is also mounting concern from the companies that have already bought spaces within the complex, such as the organic supermarket chain Veritas and the 12 screen cinema that has been left half finished. Sources close to the project have admitted that due to the economic downturn the number of business' buying space in the future commericlal area is far below the demands expected. It is rumoured that two companies are interested in purchasing the centre - one of them is an major international group. For more information read our article in our current edition.
A 12 year old Barcelona boy has been named the best player of Pokemon in Europe (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). Lucas Flórez is due to compete in the world championships in America this coming August. Flórez fought of the competition of around 150 entrants at the European finals, held in Paris on June 19th. Miguel Angel Morales gave a Spain another win when he become champion of the senior class.
Today is No Plastic Bag day here in Cataluña. The 3rd of July has been named the Dia Catala sense bosses de Plàstic and has been marked by the Generalitat and the Fundació Prevenció de Residus i consum as the day to campaign against the use of plastic bags. With an estimated 14 million bags used every weekend in Cataluña the campaign's aim is to discourage the use of single use bags and to campaign for the instalation of a 20 cent tax on every bag. For more information please read our article on the use of plastic bags in Catalunya.