Tourism, nightlife and planning: challenges and opportunities for community liveability in La Barceloneta

Nofre, J., Giordano, E., Eldridge, A., Martins, J.C. and Sequera, J. 2018. Tourism, nightlife and planning: challenges and opportunities for community liveability in La Barceloneta. Tourism Geographies: An International Journal of Tourism Space, Place and Environment . 20 (3), pp. 377-396. doi:10.1080/14616688.2017.1375972

TitleTourism, nightlife and planning: challenges and opportunities for community liveability in La Barceloneta
AuthorsNofre, J., Giordano, E., Eldridge, A., Martins, J.C. and Sequera, J.
Abstract

In La Barceloneta, one of the beachfront quarters of the city of Barcelona, the rapid expansion of mainly illegal short-term rental apartments for tourists and noise problems related to alcohol-fuelled nightlife consumption, are challenging community liveability and peaceful urban coexistence between different social groups. Similar to other cases worldwide, the rapid expansion of touristification on the urban and socio-economic fabric of the city has become an increasing source of dispute and residents' contestation. By taking a diachronical critical review, the first part of this paper examines the role of urban planning developed in La Barceloneta during the period 1950–2016 and how it transformed the area into a leisure-oriented and tourist-oriented quarter. The second part of the paper is based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork that was conducted to capture the range of different voices, stories and discourses produced and reproduced by different actors affected and/or involved in the recent touristification of La Barceloneta. Findings obtained confirm that current urban policy and planning are clearly insufficient to tackle and address negative community-based impacts aforementioned. Hence, the final section highlights the urgent need for the development and implementation of new, community-based urban planning with the aim of ensuring community liveability and peaceful urban coexistence between different social groups in La Barceloneta.

KeywordsTourism, urban planning, nightlife, community liveability, Barcelona
JournalTourism Geographies: An International Journal of Tourism Space, Place and Environment
Journal citation20 (3), pp. 377-396
ISSN1461-6688
1470-1340
Year2018
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/14616688.2017.1375972
Web address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14616688.2017.1375972
Publication dates
Published in print2018
Published2017
Published online28 Sep 2017

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