To my readers:
This is a statement I submitted to be read at the public assembly about the entry fee (contributo d’accesso) being proposed for Venice, being held today at Rialto. The event is getting underway as I write.
I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for your support and readership over the past six years. You are the reason why I am in a position to speak out today, not only on my own behalf, but I hope also as a representative of some of the many people around the world who care about Venice and its future enough to follow this site. A special thanks to the people who sent their names in following the last appeal; they are included here.
Statement on the Proposed Contributo d’Accesso for Venice
My name is Paul Rosenberg, and I thank you for the chance to offer a brief statement on this very important subject of the contributo d’accesso, although unfortunately I could not attend in person. I live in the United States, and for six years I have published English translations of news and opinion about current events in Venice. I don’t have advice or prescriptions to offer, but I do have my own opinion, which I would like to share very briefly here.
The critical issue of the proposed entry fee for Venice will soon be voted on in a City Council that is still meeting online, and where opposition councilors routinely get their microphones turned off. This method of governance raises serious issues on its own, and seemingly has made it impossible to stop administration initiatives that will have extremely serious consequences.
Furthermore, the contributo d’accesso plan itself unquestionably raises a slew of legal and ethical questions.
I write today, however, to state unequivocally that in my view, the contributo d’accesso is wholly anathema to the idea of a living city.
I would also like to suggest that the contributo d’accesso is an affront to something fundamental about Venice’s historical identity as a city and republic that intelligently managed a wide variety of international populations, religious practices and social behaviors within a system of powers and authorities that was intentionally designed to overlap, compete, and rotate to avoid the accumulation of power in any one person or office.
Compared to this remarkable legacy the current leadership and this policy are a disgrace.
Campaign For A Living Venice
With CFLV readers:
- Alain Henriot
- Déirdre Kelly
- Victoria Strauss
- Martin Walker
- Isabelle Young
- Cara De Silva