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Why tourism is killing Barcelona – a photo essay | Travel | The Guardian
One of the coolest destinations in Europe just two decades ago, Barcelona is now so overcrowded it has become a tourist theme park – and is losing the character that made it so popular
tourism  overtourism  review  critique  travel  Barcelona  Spain  Guardian  2018 
august 2018 by inspiral
10 of the best market restaurants in Barcelona | Travel | The Guardian
The restaurants and stalls around Barcelona’s markets use fresh produce, often direct from the vendors – and are some of the best places to eat in the city
food  drinks  tourist  guide  Barcelona  Spain  Guardian  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
10 things you didn't know about Europe's tech scene | VentureBeat | Business | by Omar Mohout
So while Europe might be a single market, it’s definitely not a single tech scene. That fact makes it difficult to feel the pulse of the European tech. But if you take a close look, you’ll quickly notice that there is interesting stuff happening in Europe – to the point that we’re spotting young EUnicorns, the European answer to Silicon Valley’s unicorns! In order to get a good overview of the scene,, the non-profit I work for that maps Belgian tech startups, recently looked at all of the European tech companies that have raised at least $1 million in 2016. The data (you can view it here), which is comprised of more than 1,100 transactions from 30 countries, reveals 10 surprising insights. Here they are — the good, the bad, and the ugly of the old continent:
startup  review  fintech  Europe  London  Paris  Berlin  Stockholm  Barcelona  Munich  Amsterdam  Copenhagen  Dublin  Milan  Ghent  Krakow  Lausanne  Porto  Helsinki  UK  Germany  France  Sweden  Belgium  Ireland  Finland  Switzerland  university  accelerator  venturecapital  B2B  B2C  marketplace  Venturebeat  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Tim Harford — Article — How do you make the Olympics pay? Fudge the figures
Don’t get me wrong: I loved the London 2012 Olympics. It was a superb spectacle in its own right and there’s an impressive legacy — some great sporting facilities, a lovely park and new housing in a city that desperately needs it. I just doubt that it was worth what it cost. Very few Olympic Games are.
Olympics  economics  critique  Sydney  LosAngeles  RiodeJanerio  Barcelona  Nagano  SaltLakeCity  author:TimHarford  TimHarford  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Barcelona's New, Huge "Superblocks" Are Designed To Stop Traffic, Fight Pollution | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
The nine-square-block areas are closed to everything but local traffic, filled with parks and pedestrian spaces, and change the way people interact with the city.
transportpolicy  urbandevelopment  Barcelona  superblocks  cycling  walking  Spain  FastCompany  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
EY’s attractiveness survey: Europe 2015 Comeback time
FDI inflows into Europe rose by 36% in 2014, the biggest increase among major regions. This year, investors have ranked Western Europe (50%) as the world’s most attractive FDI destination for the second year running.

The global uptick in M&A was mirrored in Europe, where companies began a wave of consolidation in financial services, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and communications. The weakening of the euro, which has accelerated since year-end, has made many Continental European assets or investment projects more affordable, especially for those paying in dollars, pounds or Swiss francs.

But investors may also have reacted to the first signs of a long-overdue and multispeed European economic recovery that has since been confirmed, which is encouraging a rising wave of business investment across the region. In the final quarter of 2014, a sharp fall in energy prices also bolstered Europe’s attractiveness and stimulated its nascent economic recovery.
Europe  attractiveness  investment  foreigndirectinvestment  ranking  country  cities  UK  Germany  France  Spain  Belgium  Netherlands  Poland  Russia  Turkey  Ireland  London  Paris  Berlin  Frankfurt  Amsterdam  Brussels  Munich  Barcelona  Prague  Madrid  review  comparison  EY  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
The best record shops in Europe – chosen by experts | Travel | The Guardian
The UK has been covered, so here musicians and record industry insiders choose their favourite European destinations for buying vinyl ... and just hanging out
music  recordstore  vinyl  Warsaw  Brussels  Copenhagen  Hamburg  Barcelona  Madrid  Dublin  Glasgow  Stockholm  Cologne  Belgrade  Amsterdam  tourist  Guardian  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Does Hosting the Olympics Actually Pay Off? -
But there is strikingly little evidence that such events increase tourism or draw new investment. Spending lavishly on a short-lived event is, economically speaking, a dubious long-term strategy. Stadiums, which cost a lot and produce minimal economic benefits, are a particularly lousy line of business. (This is why they are usually built by taxpayers rather than by corporations.) And even though Brazil, like other recent hosts, has sought to make stadium spending more palatable by also building general infrastructure, like highways and airports, the public would derive the same benefit at far less cost if the transportation projects were built and the stadiums were not. The Los Angeles Olympics were successful, after all, because planners avoided building new stadiums. Barcelona, long neglected under the rule of Francisco Franco, was in the midst of a renaissance that would have probably occurred without the Olympics.
Olympics  WorldCup  economics  ROI  hosting  RiodeJanerio  LosAngeles  Barcelona  Beijing  Sochi  critique  NYTimes  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral

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