The demonstration at Punta della Dogana fits usefully into the electoral climate, because it presents the positions of the economic sectors that have been most penalized by the sudden and drastic reduction in the number of tourists. By Giovanni Leone 28 August 2020 [Ed. Note: on 28 August, Venice Port workers and water transportation drivers … More Venice. The harbor front.
It’s up to us to decide how to start again: do we want to decisively turn the page, taking a path of sustainability, or would we rather pretend we can go back to like before, wasting an historic and perhaps unrepeatable opportunity to save a millennial city? By Stefano Croce 24 April 2020 It’s nice … More Venice. From overtourism to sustainable tourism
When the virus emergency ends, will tourism still be the city’s only economic engine? The emptiness of recent days has given the city back to its residents. Isn’t this what many of us Veneziani want when we feel suffocated by the hordes of tourists? Sure, but when the crisis is over the void of these … More Coronavirus. The crisis that can save Venice
Un’Altra Città Possibile proposes a path forward in view of the upcoming election for the Mayor of Venice By Giovanni Leone 30 January 2020 “Out with the names” is the request of both the right and the left. Not that we are going to love and agree with the right, but them not having yet … More A Challenge to Brugnaro. A project, not a name
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
Acqua Alta. Created by man. By Petra Reski 14 November 2019 It’s the ultimate nightmare. 30 years in Venice and I have never before seen an acqua alta of this sort. At 11:30 PM it reached its maximum level: 1.87 meters, just below the record peak reached during the catastrophic “Acqua granda” of 1966, as … More Acqua Alta. Created by man. By Petra Reski
[Ed. Note: What follows is a translation of the Introduction from the new book by expert hydraulic engineer Prof. Luigi D’Alpaos about the main problems facing the lagoon – MoSE, grandi navi, and waves. As I write Venice faces a record aqua alta of 190cm. The causes are not only sea level rise, but the … More SOS Laguna, by Luigi D’Alpaos – Introduction
“Too much, too many people, too much” – Grandmaster Flash, “The Message” [Ed. Note: This is a second personal reflection about the state of Venice – as I’ve seen it during my visit here. Unlike most of what appears on the site it is purely my opinion.] I remember the first time it dawned on … More A walk in Venice, pt. 2: it’s a small world after all
2 October 2019, Venezia I’ve just walked around some of Venice for the first time in over a year and a half. If you’ve been here before (and if you’re reading this there is a good chance you have), but not in some years, I can tell you the transformation of the city is very … More A walk in Venice, finding change, loss and hope. A personal reflection.
Foreign and local interests, with the Brugnaro administration, have shifted the center of gravity of Venetian politics on the tourist economy in a way that has never happened before. The trend intersects with the growing difficulty of the region’s traditional manufacturing economy, which lacks a genuine industrial policy and which, according to Zaia, can be … More Ever more tourism in Venice and in the Veneto. A perverse interaction