From the NY Times.
Rent control is ending for hundreds of small shops and putting the Barri Gòtic and other neighborhoods in danger of becoming just another cluster of modern chains. The Old Town parts of Barcelona are what make it such a lovely destination, but even if the buildings keep their ancient facades, I’m not looking forward to seeing the same-old same-old retail names above the doors.
If/when you go to Barcelona, seek out these ‘mom & pop’ shops before they’re gone. If they’ve moved to less glamorous surroundings, track them down and provide some custom!