«The first Barcelona City Council pursued the policy it dubbed the “mending” policy; a policy aimed at cleaning up urban wounds, stitching them up and dressing them; but mending the urban fabric by seeking to dignify the city.»
Narcís Serra, Barcelona, 1979–2004: Twenty-five years of transformations, Barcelona City Hall’s Saló de Cent, 25 March 2004.

«Imagine the feeling we had on that day of April 1979, knowing we were the first democrats there since the Republic, since the Civil War. Everything was still to be done and we had no idea. Our experience of public administration was the other side, out on the square.»
Enric Truñó, in Memòria de la Transició a Espanya i a Catalunya) 4. Els joves de la Transició, Rafael Aracil, Andreu Mayayo and Antoni Segura (eds); Barcelona, Edicions Universitat de Barcelona, 2003.

«In the first year, we didn’t even have a budget, and we were told there were a lot of things we couldn’t do because they weren’t provided for by the law.»
Francesca Masgoret, El Periódico, 2 November 2018.

«At that time we were all trying to get it right, because democracy had to take root, and if we didn’t get it right, we could ruin it.»
Carles Güell de Sentmenat, in Trenta anys al servei de Barcelona, Eugeni Madueño; Barcelona, Barcelona City Council, Barcelona, 2009.

«I’m satisfied with the order we established in the municipal treasury. After a great deal of effort, we managed to clarify things, and present our requests to the central government.»
Antoni Comas, in Trenta anys al servei de Barcelona, Eugeni Madueño; Barcelona, Barcelona City Council, Barcelona, 2009.

«Govern in the strictest sense... I governed very little, but I was there. But it was enough for me to realise it was a very complex time.»
Joan Hortalà,in Trenta anys al servei de Barcelona, Eugeni Madueño; Barcelona, Barcelona City Council, Barcelona, 2009.

«People must always be at the forefront of all reflections on what a city must be like.»
Miguel Bonilla, in Trenta anys al servei de Barcelona, Eugeni Madueño; Barcelona, Barcelona City Council, Barcelona, 2009.