Nov. 25, 2016
The Marittima Project proposed for Venice calls for the construction of hotels and a 2300 space multilevel parking garage to be built in a space adjacent to the S. Lucia train station and Piazzale Roma. An artist’s rendering shows just how little this project looks like Venice.
Italia Nostra makes the case against this project and the Administration that is backing it:
“In a city governed by the porters of economic interests based on tourism, with the city on the path of a rapid transformation from inhabited center to hotel complex, there is no use to advance more plans for “management of tourism flow” or “incentives for residence”. In front of any attempt to slow the rapid process, the majority of the city council supports perhaps a semblance of a democratic discussion, but waits only for the moment of the vote to “close ranks” around the projects of hotel expansion. This is also the expected outcome for a “garage” at Piazzale Roma: a garage that well deserves the quote marks, because in reality it involves two hotels, a Welcome Center, and around 2300 car parking spots, a small part of which are destined for residents (and 250 of which are to go to the City, which will provide them to ‘businesses which create work in the city’ as referred to in Corriere del Veneto).
The development of an economy that is either alternative or complementary to tourism does not seem to be a priority for the present Administration. We note that the news stories were put out before the Council meeting on the 25th was even over, as it lasted in to the evening: but so sure was the majority (elected, as has been noted, by votes determined by the mainland) that the newspapers could publish this headline before the vote: “Way open for Marittima Project”.
If this space, in such a strategic position, had been used for productive businesses rather than hotels, would it not have been a first step towards an exit from the ‘monoculture’? However we are so far down the path of lazy gains from tourism that even formulating such a hypothesis sounds like an eccentric whim.”
Image: La Nuova di Venezia