• Post-war was especially tough in Barcelona, as it was 
  • in the rest of Spain. Once this stage was over, the city 
  • grew again, but this time chaotically and untidily. 
  • This was due to speculation and lack of urban planning 
  • during the years of Josep Maria de Porcioles, mayor from 
  • 1957 until 1974. Barcelona was the most resistant city 
  • against Franco’s dictatorship, thanks to its labour movement, 
  • the Catalanist movement and the local associations.

  • The arrival of a democracy in the 70’s brought about a 
  • reorganization of the city, which was culminated in 1992 by 
  • the celebration of the Summer Olympic Games. One of 
  • the main benefactors of the Games was the transformation 
  • of the esplanade near the sea, which changed a degraded 
  • zone into an attractive front. But the effects of 1992 went 
  • beyond an urban change. They turned the city of Barcelona 
  • into an international and prestigious metropolis.

  • 1939 - 1992
Passeig Marítim<br /><em>1992</em>