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Understanding Spain's Financial Crisis
Spanish Cities Hit Hard by the Recent Economic Collapse
November 29, 2012 • by News at Marshall

In November, a team of USC undergraduates and faculty members took a research trip to Spain to understand how the country is finding solutions to its financial crisis.

Members of the USC Marshall Trojan Real Estate Association (TREA), accompanied by faculty adviser Robert Bridges, traveled to the Spanish cities of Barcelona and Bilbao, which have been hit hard by the recent economic collapse, and met with officials in the public and private sectors who gave them briefings on the crisis.

In Bilbao, students saw firsthand the effects of urban renewal as they met with redevelopment agents to learn about how the city was recently transformed from an industrial seaport into a tourist destination with the establishment of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum.

"It was exciting to see Spain's architecture and redevelopment efforts," said Edlin Yousefi, who was also on TREA's trip to New York last semester, in which the students took part in Rebuilding the World Trade Center, a panel hosted by Cornell University's Real Estate Council. "I feel so grateful to be part of an organization that creates opportunities like this for its members," said Yousefi.

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