I enabled the compatibility check in my Python IDE and now I realize that the inherited Python 2.7 code has a lot of calls to
from builtins import str
As has already been pointed out in the comments, there is already advice on porting from 2 to 3.
Having recently had to port some of my own code from 2 to 3 and maintain compatibility for each for now, I wholeheartedly recommend using python-future, which provides a great tool to help update your code (
futurize) as well as clear guidance for how to write cross-compatible code.
In your specific case, I would simply convert all calls to unicode to use str and then import str from builtins. Any IDE worth its salt these days will do that global search and replace in one operation.
Of course, that's the sort of thing futurize should catch too, if you just want to use automatic conversion (and to look for other potential issues in your code).