Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Living in a museum

Venice is a well-known international attraction, possibly the most famous heritage city in the world. Yet few people could imagine that its historical centre (henceforth: Venice HC) in the heart of the lagoon is a "problem area", whereas the inland section of the city is well integrated in a booming regional economy. With young households pushed out of the centre by inaccessible housing prices and lack of high rank specialized jobs, the population in Venice HC passed from 170,000 to 70,000 in the process of half a century, and is still decreasing at a yearly rate of around one per cent.

by Antonio Paolo Russo from Cultural Clusters and Tourism Development: the Challenge of Venice, published in Culture: A Driving Force for Urban Tourism - Application of Experiences to Countries in Transition edited by Daniela Angelina Jelincic

Photo: Gargoyle (Author: Rebecca Fryer)

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