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Barcelona’s Les Rambles to keep flower and news kiosks but will remove souvenir and pet kiosks

A year ago, the Barcelona City Council made the decision to convert pet kiosks on Les Rambles into souvenir kiosks. Now, they have changed their minds, claiming that their decision led to overcrowding and lack of public space.


17 December 2010 10:04 PM


ACN / Rafa Garrido

Barcelona (ACN).- A year ago, the Barcelona City Council made the decision to gradually remove all pet kiosks from the famous street \u2018Les Rambles\u2019. The City Council made the decision after receiving pressure from animal rights groups and the Catalan Eco Socialist Party, which is part of the city\u2019s government. As pet kiosks have been a historic part of Les Rambles, pet kiosk owners were given the option to convert their family-owned stands into souvenir kiosks for traditional foods, drinks and other local items. New shops began popping up on the upper part of Les Rambles just 3 months ago, when the new ordinance took effect. Flower and news kiosk owners were allowed to maintain their kiosks on the famous walkway.

Now, the mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu, has changed his mind. This Wednesday, the decision was made to remove all souvenir stands from Les Rambles due to overcrowding. According to Hereu, \u201Cthe system did not work\u201D. The new proposal to remove all pet and souvenir kiosks from Les Rambles is intended to create more open space, making it easier to walk down the famous street that is currently crowded with tourist memorabilia. Hereu stated that the decision made by the Barcelona City Council a year ago was \u201Cthe wrong decision\u201D and \u201Chad to be changed\u201D.

\u201CWe made a decision and now we are changing it\u201D, said Hereu. According to the Mayor, after seeing \u201Chow it evolved\u201D, the City Council decided that \u201Cit was better\u201D to remove the kiosks in order to provide the street with more open space. Hereu regarded the decision as \u201Cpositive\u2026good news for all\u201D and stressed that the new decision will not affect flower and news kiosks.


  • The traditional animal-selling stands that were removed (by ACN)

  • The traditional animal-selling stands that were removed (by ACN)