Housing shortage

Here‘s a free translation of a verse sung door-to-door by caramelles in Sant Cugat on Easter Sunday of 1948: “Neither house nor home here for lots of folk./This overcrowding’s getting past a joke.” The Andalusians who arrived here in the 20s built themselves cave and shack homes on the margins of Montjuïc, and many were deported to places like Santa Coloma de Gramenet to make way for the 1929 Exposition. A Moroccan gentleman of unsound mind who has built himself a tree house somewhere along this walk will presumably suffer a similar fate at some stage.

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