Activistas en Venecia estan luchando por su ciudad

Venice Fights BackThe world’s most beautiful city has never been more threatened. But a passionate movement of locals is determined to keep it alive.FEARGUS O’SULLIVAN @FeargusOSull 12:49 PM ET CommentsShare on FacebookTweetAlessandro Bianchi/ReutersLove CityLab? Make sure you’re signed up for our free e-mail newsletter. Venice may be putting on its party clothes for Carnival this weekend, but right now many in the city feel they have little to celebrate. Groaning under the weight of 30 million annual visitors, this most beautiful of places is suffering a degree of pressure that risks pushing it to extinction as a real city.As visitors at levels reaching critical mass pummel the paving stones, housing for local residents is disappearing. The central city’s population has fallen to 54,000. While the winter months can be calm and even delightful, as myRELATED STORY The Uncanny Power of a City Without Carscolleague David Dudley recently discovered, the city has still become an economic monoculture. Shops and businesses that provide services for residents instead of tourists struggle to survive; years of political corruption and what some locals see as official indifference have also taken their toll. Then, of course, there’s the gravest threat of all: the rising sea itself. But while Venice may be facing brutal obstacles, its peril is energizing local residents who are fighting tooth and nail to keep the city alive. CityLab talked to some of those activists who are fighting to keep Venice afloat.Too Many PeopleTrying to fit 30 million visitors into a city as small and intricately laid out as Venice is effectively trying to square the circle. “This city is a finite area of islets ringed with canals, where many streets are no wider than alleys,” says Jane Da Mosto, executive director of campaigning group We Are Here Venice. “There’s a limited carrying capacity to the place that’s governed by bottlenecks. The city reaches critical mass almost every day from April to October. Are all those extra people going to walk on water?”“Even though the streets are bursting with tourists, for us Venetians the place now seems empty. We feel like we are an endangered species.”The daily siege of tourists doesn’t just make the logistics of managing flows of people complex: It has the tendency to flatten local life like a stampede of cattle in a flower meadow. Giovanni Di Giorgio, a 23-year-old native-born Venetian and member of pressure group Generazione 90, says that this pressure is fundamentally re-shaping the city, and not for the better. “Venice as it was 20 years ago just doesn’t exist anymore,” he says. “Changes have happened so fast that it feels like waking up from a coma to suddenly find places you know are weird and ghostly, unfriendly. The population has dropped hard, theaters have closed, one of the largest bookstores has become a clothing store for visitors. Even though the streets are full to bursting with tourists, for us Venetians the place now seems empty. We feel like we are an endangered species.”It’s not just a case of alienation. Day-to-day life has become more complicated, says Di Giorgio. “When I was a kid, Venice was full of historic, local shops, but now there are loads of stores selling mass-produced junk to tourists. Small silly things, like finding someone to sew buttons on to a shirt that’s lost them, are becoming impossible.”It’s these kinds of day-to-day annoyances that are pushing Venetians—especially younger ones—elsewhere to make their lives.Too Many Cruise Ships and Day TrippersA cruise ship dwarfs the city as it creeps along a canal in 2014. Stefano Rellandini/ReutersIt’s not just the quantity of visitors that poses a problem for Venice, it’s the quality of what they deliver in concrete benefits to the city. Many visitors today are what Giovanni di Giorgio calls “smash and grab tourists.” They flood the city for a few hours and then leave, having bought little more than soft drinks and the odd souvenir. Among this group, locals get especially frustrated by those who arrive by cruise ship, a phenomenon that has really taken off in the past twenty years. From 1997 to 2011, the number of cruise ship visitors to Venice increased almost fivefold.UNESCO vowed to put Venice on its list of endangered world heritage sites if it didn’t provide a plan to redirect large cruise ships from entering the lagoon.Indeed, Venetians have got so sick of them that they’ve taken to piracy. In September, a flotilla of small local boats guided by protestors dressed as buccaneers massed on the canals as a major cruise ship sailed towards the Marittima Basin terminal, harrying the ship to make their frustration known. Their anger is understandable. The sight of these huge craft looming Godzilla-like above the modestly-scaled canals and palazzi can feel as incongruous as a shark in a children’s paddling pool.The current cruise terminal is within the city itself, and the boats come within to the delicate and historic anc

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