This work, sponsored by the Region and the Ayuntament de Barcelona, sets out to describe the history of the city's urban development from the 19th century to the present.
The major positive aspect to be underscored is that, despite this sponsorship, the author, a Harvard professor, remains honest, objective and even somewhat critical of recent decisions.
Sadly, the book is marred by:
* numerous and horrendous typos and spelling mistakes;
* an outdated lay-out that places all illustrations between chapters;
* very low resolution black and white photographs with incomplete captions, notably regarding dates;
* an almost complete exclusion of maps… Read more