Colau will launch the program “dynamic neighborhoods” to bring life to the empty commercial premises of the city
The Mayor amounts to € 30M in the amount necessary to buy and rehabilitate 150 empty commercial premises and create a stock exchange of available spaces, from which private premises may be disused.
As for the city’s tourism promotion, Colau has declined to use headlines on the celebration of major events and has argued that Barcelona has a model and project: to be an innovative, sustainable city and the best place to live and work.
Barcelona, on March 25, 2019. – Ada Colau said this morning at the fifth Breakfast with the trade of Barcelona, organized by Barcelona Comerç and Barcelona Oberta with the collaboration of La Vanguardia, that trade has a major economic role in The city, in addition, fulfills a clear function of social cohesion. In this sense, it has announced the program “dynamic neighborhoods”, a proposal to boost the vacancies in Barcelona. This new plan provides for the purchase and rehabilitation of up to 150 premises in different parts of the city, to be used for commercial activity under the official rental protection regime. His will is to create a stock exchange of available premises, especially in the neighborhoods where the presence of commerce is smaller.
In relation to the opening of new businesses, the mayor of Barcelona in common has recognized “too slow of the Administration in the procedures of licenses of activities and has announced reinforcements in this field and simplification of procedures. Colau, has also been shown to be in favor of the introduction of the IDBs, which he understands as “a tool to enhance and improve the services offered by the commercial axes.” Colau has rejected, however, that IDBs focus on areas such as cleaning or Security, tasks that directly compete with the Administration and which would involve parallel management. “All commercial axes must enjoy basic cleaning and security services, regardless of economic capacity.”
In relation to mobility, Ada Colau assured that in Barcelona, like other cities, “we are faced with a paradigm shift and this causes debates, neglects and controversies. The big bottom line in our case is that there are more than 100,000 vehicles in Barcelona. It is a question of health and mobility. ” Colau would not rule out an entry toll in the city, a measure, he said, that they are already studying. On the contrary, he said, “a tribute that burdens the home delivery derived from e-commerce is not a solution. This type of distribution is a matter of pollution and also of occupation of public thoroughfare. It is necessary to enhance collection points and agree synergies between e-commerce operators and the city’s trade “. The Mayor has invited merchants and representatives of the commercial axes to a meeting with Amazon to find ways of collaboration. Regarding the supercases, the mayor has defined them as “a great success” and said they will continue to implement new ones. In the same way, Colau is committed to continuing to increase kilometers of bike lanes in the city, while reaffirming the feasibility of connecting the tram to the Diagonal. “The first section would go from Glòries to Verdaguer and would also lead to a redevelopment of the whole area.” Also, in matters of mobility, the Mayor has demanded the urgent fulfillment of the commitments related to investments in suburban infrastructures: “the City Council of Barcelona, as well as others, for many years we are alone in structural matters and this we all pay “.
Related to the city’s tourism promotion, Colau defended a Barcelona as “an open city that loves to be visited and where tourists are welcome. However, tourism must be integrated into the city and can not be imposed on other activities. ” Likewise, he has shown himself in favor of an important transformation of “Turisme de Barcelona”, to face the new challenges that the city has today, “we need to reform the statutes, integrate more actors and create new strategies that promote sustainable tourism to contribute to the prestige of the city. ” In this context, Colau rejects any propaganda announcement of a great event for Barcelona, as he said, “the city already has its own project and it is not necessary to resort to past formulas. I do not rule out that in the future Barcelona will be able to repeat some Olympic Games, we already have the infrastructures, but we do not have to force any project. ” Barcelona has insisted, “it is a pleasant city to live and this is its great strength to attract investment, tourism, talent. Barcelona wants to be a sustainable, friendly, livable and competitive city and that is why we need social cohesion to face all of the challenges ahead. ”