Goods and services for daily life supply in Ciutat Vella

Tuesday, 16 January, 2018 - 12:52

You can check the executive summary of the study, which responds to the measure 1.2. of the Plan itself.

You can check the executive summary of the study, which responds to the measure 1.2. of the Plan itself.

You can check the executive summary of the study, which responds to the measure 1.2. of the Plan itself.

Even though in Ciutat Vella there is a higher average of stores devoted to goods and services for the daily life, some of the neighbourhoods and microneighbourhoods in the District show great deficiencies; for instance, Eastern Barceloneta, la Ribera and Southern Raval. Related to prices, a litre of milk is 15% more expensive in Ciutat Vella than in Camp de l’Arpa; as well as bread, which is 13% more expensive. This is the data that concludes the recently finished study, which comprises two kinds of analysis: on the one hand, an analysis on the deficiencies in the goods and services supply (extracted from the data in the 2017 inventory of commercial activities carried out by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Services of the Barcelona City Council) and a ratio of Daily Life Activity have been done for 10,000 inhabitants and 16 different activities. On the other hand, the prices of some basic products in Ciutat Vella have been compared through a sample of 2,680 prices of 5 products (a loaf of bread, one litre of milk, one coffee with milk, 33 cl of beer and 1 kg of Golden apples) sold in both, the District of Ciutat Vella and the two mirroring neighbourhoods which let us make a balanced comparison of the lack of services in the area of study. You will find more details on the method used in the executive summary.

The main results of the study conclude that:

Overall, we can say that in the District of Ciutat Vella there is no lack of global supply of daily life products compared to the rest of the city:

  • If we focus on the activities, the average of stores in Ciutat Vella is higher than the average in Barcelona in 15 out of 16 activities analysed. Although it must be pointed out that there are clear differences between the microneighbourhoods in which the District has been divided (in order to refine the study, each of the 4 neighbourhoods of the District has been divided into two areas).
  • The only activity out of the 16 analysed that has a lower presence in the whole District of Ciutat Vella compared to the rest of the city is “furniture and wood and metal articles”: there are 1.4 stores per 10,000 inhabitants compared to 3.1 stores per 10,000 inhabitants that you can find in the whole city.
  • However, there is an imbalance between Ciutat Vella’s neighbourhoods and microneighbourhoods related to the distribution of daily life products supply and, compared to the rest of the city, there are also deficiencies of goods and services related to everyday consumption. Barceloneta and the Gothic Quarter are the neighbourhoods with the worse indicators. Regarding to microneighbourhoods, Eastern Barceloneta, la Ribera and Southern Raval are the ones with the worse indicators. Finally, Eastern Barceloneta is without a doubt the microneighbourhood with the most important deficiencies in the selected activities: There isn’t any store of 8 out of the 16 activities analysed and the other 8 have some deficiencies.

Prices for basic consumer goods, as bread or milk, are quite similar and constant in all the microneighbourhoods of Ciutat Vella but a little bit more expensive than in the mirroring neighbourhoods: the average of a litre of milk is 15% higher in Ciutat Vella (€0.99) than what it is in Camp de l’Arpa (€0.86) and 9% more expensive compared to La Marina (€0.91). On the other hand, bread is 13% more expensive in Ciutat Vella (€0.70) than what it is in La Marina (€0.62) and 6% more expensive than in Camp de l’Arpa del Clot (€0.66).

It is worth saying that the study doesn’t take into account the characteristics of the products (origin, quality, etc.) or the stores that offer them because the project couldn’t cope with it and there weren’t enough resources.

Although as neighbours or consumers we may have a different perception of the commercial opportunities of the district, the results of the study must allow economic promotion actions in order to solve the analysed situation. Moreover, we should pay special attention on how to coordinate these actions in order to boost the empty places presented by the District of Ciutat Vella some months ago.

In the official announcement that will soon be published in order to put the first 8 available offices at the disposal of entrepreneurs and entities, any activity to be implemented related to the situations identified in this study shall be appraised in particular. Thus, the adaptation of the prices and incomes policy of the business to the socioeconomic reality of the neighbourhood where the business is going to be located shall be appraised in particular. Moreover, it’s also important the availability of the business to deal with some possible situations of deficiency of commercial opportunities in some concrete area.