Cities After… Post-Pandemic Urbanization: Spectacles, Speculation & Tourism – Pt 2


Democracy At Work has the episode Cities After… Post-Pandemic Urbanization: Spectacles, Speculation & Tourism – Pt 2.

In today’s podcast, Prof. Robles-Duran will continue to discuss Post-pandemic urbanization trends by taking a deep dive in the speculative global rent markets and their exacerbating social ills. For help with this, he is joined by Dr. Jaime Palomera from Barcelona’s radical research cooperative La Hidra who will help focus a conversation on a striking report that they published two months ago titled “The Social Impacts of the Rental Market”, done in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Barcelona and the Institute of Government and Public Policy at the University of Barcelona.


This episode has changed my attitude about rent control considerably. There are still foreseeable problems with rent control, but there are also considerable problems without it.

Here is the episode list for Cities After…


Part 1 helps to contextualize Part 2 above Cities After… Post-Pandemic Urbanization: Spectacles, Speculation & Tourism – Pt. 1.

This podcast will be the first of four episodes where, together with future guests, Prof. Robles-Duran will slowly adopt the city of Barcelona as a sample to think through some of the tendencies of a post-pandemic neoliberal urbanization. He will do so by looking at three trending development drivers, the production of urban spectacle, the burdens of rental housing, and the limitless expansion of mass tourism.

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