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Small hands crisis

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The social cost of the crisis is manifested in a marked increase in economic inequalities.
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Like so many other western cities, Barcelona ended the 20th century immersed in a profound process of deindustrialization and searching for new tertiary activities to make a living. Globalization emptied its factories and vacated its workers to take productive activity to the outskirts, where it's easier to exploit the environment and the workers. Meanwhile, the city explored the possibility of devoting itself to tourism or knowledge industries. It is true that these new tertiary activities provide the city with new sources of income, but they haven't showed enough redistributive capacity because they concentrate a lot of wealth in a few tame while generating insufficient or very precarious jobs. One of the few productive activities that survived this process of commercialization is the building industry.

Before the bursting of the real state bubble, Barcelona had a tight knit of small and medium-sized enterprises and self-employed workers who were fed by the sector. But this network of architectural firms, small builders and developers, warehouses, construction companies, industrialists, carpenters, locksmiths, bricklayers or plumbers was crushed by the crisis and almost irreversibly disintegrated. In the recent years, the main macroeconomic indicators have begun to show signs of recovery, suggesting that the Spanish economy has emerged from the crisis. However, many indicators point out that this recovery is not being the same for everyone. The social cost of the crisis is manifested in a marked increase in economic inequalities and in the fact that a large part of society is still far from having regained its purchasing power before 2008.

In Barcelona, ​​this reality is manifested even in the life expectancy of the population, which already differs by about ten years between the residents of the richest neighborhoods and those of the poorest. In this context, the increase in the price of housing and the stagnation or reduction of the purchasing power of families has dramatic consequences. Housing is not only the main expense that families make throughout their lives; Is also one of the main drivers of the economy. At the moment, the reactivation of the public work has revived the great construction companies that concentrate wealth in few hands but still has not gotten that a capillary irrigation comes to rescue the small hands.

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