This short video documentary was made in 2004 by Núria Sánchez Armengol and Luciano Literas, starting from a series of recordings taken in the neighborhood of Bon Pastor in Barcelona. The popular casas baratas, 784 one storey “low-income” houses built in 1929 for immigrant workers, were undergoing the polemic “Urban renewal Plan” that entails the complete demolition of the neighborhood. In this documentary you can listen to neighbors’ voices, some agree, other disagree with the demolitions; while a special highlight is given to the resistance of “Avis del Barri” association: elder inhabitants of the “casas baratas” who struggle against the City Council’s Urban Renewal Plan. The same year, a few km further, the same City Council was building the “Forum 2004” and the residential estate “Diagonal Mar”. The video presents a critical reflection on these processes and on the impact of real estate speculation and urban renewal on Barcelona’s residents who are involved in it.
- The enterviews on the video were recorded by Stefano Portelli and Silvia Minarelli in Bon Pastor in the year 2004. Download the document Resultados de la encuesta sobre las opiniones de los habitantes de Bon Pastor, Neighborhood Platform against Real Estate Speculation in Barcelona, 2004 (PDF)
- Research webpage on the “casas baratas”: laciutathoritzontal.org
- Research project on the “casas baratas”: PDF