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last updated: October 5, 2005

Trinitat Nova


This neighbourhood covers 55 ha. and involves 12,000 people. It is located in the North-Eastern part of Barcelona, between the mountain of Collserola and two main access roads to the city. It was built during the 1950s with the aim to house labour immigrants from the rest of Spain. The area is not provided with any amenities and only high-rise buildings occupy the territory. Great urban problems and the concentration of low-income families have been the starting point for a major restructuring process in the area.

In this case, neighbourhood associations have played an important role in the renewal process since 1999. Negotiations between affected people and local government have characterised the development of a 'sustainable' neighbourhood not only in relation to its inhabitants but also considering ecological aspects such as natural resources or transportation systems. In order to cope with the different issues involved, three commissions have been created - political, economic and urban - all of them with citizenship participation.