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BARCELONA REGENERATION AIMS FOR SOCIAL TEXTURE

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A regeneration projects in Barcelona, one of the largest renewal schemes in Europe, is profiled in a Times feature ...
A regeneration projects in Barcelona, one of the largest renewal schemes in Europe, is profiled in a Times feature section on Catalonia (p39).

Public investment in the project has been the equivalent of£424m, and the EU Cohesion Fund provided£30m.

More than 4,000 old dwellings have been demolished, 2,000 new ones built, and historic buildings restored.

The city administration elected in 1979 vowed to create a 'community-wide system of contacts' so that people could be kept informed of the regeneration work in progress.

Mayor Pascal Maragall said the aim of the regeneration was to keep people living in the districts in which they were born and to encourage new people to move there, 'thus reinforcing and regenerating the characteristic social texture'.
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