If Venice Dies by Salvatore Settis

January 20, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Cities

If Venice Dies by Salvatore Settis,

This is a magnificent read and a warning shot across the bow concerning any historic city.

The barbarians are at the gates of Venice, and they are the tourists. There are 140 tourists to one Venetian. And the Venetian population has been cut in half as they escape to the mainland.

There’s only one business in Venice and that’s tourism. Hotels are being built everywhere. They are considering skyscrapers, too. Monster ships are parking in the Adriatic and disrupting the sea and unloading masses of consumers into the noble city. The old Venice is being sold off and turned into a theme park. City officials have appraised its landmarks as if it were commercial real estate.

What’s most important is Venice is forgetting who she is and what she represented and represents. This is a passionate plea to save Venice’s soul from consumerism and greed.

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