I very much enjoyed being in Ravel. It is a very central area of central Barcelona and, while it certainly appears to have it's more than fair share of social problems - drugs, petty crime, pick pockets, development standover and manipulation to get bona fide long standing tenants to leave, squatters, it also has an array of very interesting things to see, little boutiques with very unique stock, galleries, street art and lots of restaurants, bars and eateries. I even found a rest home for cats!
The Museum of Modern Art is here and on the plaza in front of it there are skateboarders from all over the world practising their moves and showing off.
This area is well worth a visit and is great fun - just watch out for your belongings!More