El Raval, Barcelona

Anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe is nothing new. Yet I was surprised by the brazen way it worked in El Raval, a neighborhood right off the popular and crowded Gran Via in Barcelona. The residents have taken to hanging banners from their balconies that announce they want a “dignified” neighborhood. I found one banner festooned with drying laundry–underwear, to be exact. Irony in a sea of xenophobia.