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3 July 2018 - Europe, Housing, Municipalism, Right to the City

Cities with life

As the mayors of London and Barcelona, we see an emergency coming. The way housing works must be changed.

For a number of years, cities around the world have been facing increasingly global and aggressive speculation in their property markets – from speculators who see housing in our cities as an asset from which to profit, rather than homes for the people we represent.

In many cases, speculators take decisions from...

19 May 2016 - Refuge City, Right to the City

Cooperation between cities in the UN

When I spoke at the UN headquarters, I spoke on behalf of Europe's cities of the need to overcome the crisis of confidence in the institutions through cooperation, not competition, of the role that cities could play in the new order of priorities, of the renewed energy that movements such as 15M, the Arab springs, Occupy Wall Street and Nuit Debout give to democracy. I called for support and offered ours so that, together, we might put life...

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This blog features ideas, thoughts and reflections on my daily life as the Mayor of Barcelona.

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