[Ed. Note: this survey by Gruppo 25 Aprile of the unresolved flood damage in Venice one month after the acqua granda of 12 November gives us a stark image – schools, post offices and banks closed, businesses ruined and people forced out of their homes. This wasn’t just high water, it was fast, destructive water: … More Acqua alta, one month later
By Nino Baldan 7 December 2019 Venice is losing another piece of history: on 31 December Silvestro, the well-known haberdashery on Via Garibaldi, which has supplied residents of the area for generations, will close. And there are two reasons: the rise in rent and the drop in population, factors which are now common in the … More Goodbye Silvestro; with the last haberdashery a piece of Via Garibaldi’s history closes
Problems with the underwater dams; submarines work to remove sand. And Mayor Brugnaro asks Minister De Micheli to manage the work until its completion. By Alberto Vitucci 4 December 2019 LIDO. The test of MoSE at Malamocco went well enough. It remains to be ascertained why dam number 6 resisted being raised. The last of … More At MoSE the tests never end
Only a fifth of eligible voters at the ballot box. More votes and more Yes votes in the historic city and islands. Fewer than 45,000 out of 206,533 people voted on Sunday, December 1, 2019, in the Referendum for the separation of Venice and Mestre. The quorum is the lowest in history: 21.73%. In 2003, … More Referendum: 21.7% voter turnout ends bid for autonomy
November 30, 2019 As I write the campaign for the Referendum in Venice has ended, and one day remains before the vote. The past few weeks have seen an extraordinary effort to provide information from all sides of the issue. Many different groups and organizations in both Venice and Mestre hosted events with prominent supporters … More Intense campaign for Referendum ends with eight public debates in two weeks
28 Nov. 2019 Until recently living in Venice was perhaps inconvenient, but it was wonderful: a city on a human scale, no traffic, little pollution and an incredible social security, even at night, because everyone knew each other and there was a widespread neighborhood watch. It was a city where the children played in … More VENICE YESTERDAY, TODAY… AND TOMORROW? By Stefano Croce
[Ed. Note: what follows is an open letter to an online news journal, written by local activists, regarding information suppression in advance of the Referendum vote on 1 December] 23 Nov. 2019 Letter to the Director The date of the referendum is approaching, and the Mayor, contra legem, has called for abstaining from the vote. … More The Referendum: Silence and Intimidation.