36 propositions for a home by Peripheriques

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Much of what follows gives detail on that achievement. Let us just recap on the conditions necessary for that achievement (of course, it is not possible to be definitive on what exactly was most necessary, or what might have perhaps been less essential): • skills and commitments of professionals; • skills and commitments of the people involved “at the base” in neighbourhoods; • energy spread even more widely than this, released after the end of a dictatorship — Francoism; • ideology contained within a broadly hegemonic political project; • wealth in the city built up over long periods; • other historical-geographical features giving some “winning cards”; • the global historical moment of the 1970/80s.

Although it is true that Catalonia, particularly the coastal areas of the Costa Brava and the Costa Dorada, constitutes one of the main tourist destinations of the Mediterranean, the city had remained relatively outside of major tourist flows. It was mostly visited for business reasons, and in particular for its role in conference and trade fair organization, which is one of its traditional occupations. URBAN DYNAMICS, PUBLIC POLICIES AND GOVERNANCE 39 This situation has experienced a radical change since the celebration of the Olympic Games in 1992.

This is a phenomenon that, on the other hand, is in no way original, since, as we know, it affects a large part of the Spanish metropolitan areas (thus, of the seven largest Spanish cities — Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Sevilla, Málaga and Zaragoza — the first four have experienced net population losses 5 in their central municipality in the last inter-census period). The decentralizing process is the result of important intermetropolitan residential migrations. The detailed analysis of these allows us to draw two consequences: a The configuration of the metropolitan space has passed from being narrowly conditioned by inter-regional migrations associated with the labour market (in the phase before 1975) to depending, above all, on inter-metropolitan migrations associated with the housing market.

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