The urban development of Barcelona in the second half of the 19th century drastically changed the city's image. The scheme developed by Ildefonso Cerda has been part of the expansion projects in large cities in order to preserve their medieval look. However, the consequences of Barcelona expansion project made the neighbourhood of Poble Sec suffer from radical changes that affected its historical heritage. But since 2013, due to local residents' demonstrations, this area has once again regained ita vitality.
Poble Sec is located in Sants-Montjuïc. The historical demonstrations led the area to become an eminently popular neighbourhood and to some extent, a tourist destination, just like its bordering district, El Raval. In the mid 20th century, the area attracted the attention of many artists and boasted of a certain bohemian atmosphere that no other place could compete with. Today, Poble Sec is a culturally diverse area that offers many tourist activities and business opportunities.