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Barcelona Facing New Housing Problems, and Airbnb

Barcelona is facing increasing pressure on its housing market, primarily in rental prices. The Mediterranean city, which last year became the third most popular European destination after Paris and London, is facing a new housing crisis.
July 6, 2016, 5am PDT | PabloValerio | @pabl0valerio
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Rents are being pushed up by lack of new housing stock, an increase in "sharing economy" rentals, and the city’s popularity, among other factors.

Barcelona is considered one of the best-designed cities in Europe, and a worldwide leader in the smart city movement. The popularity of the Catalan capital is drawing people from abroad, attracted by the quality of life, good public services and, until recently, cheap rents.

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Published on Friday, July 1, 2016 in Cities of the Future
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