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Venice - An Interesting Story on Trying to Stem More Tourist Development...

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Interesting story in today's NYTimes about the fight over an abandoned island that is up for sale by the Italian Government (selling off assets to make money for the cash-strapped State) - one group wants to make it an exclusive tourist development for the rich and a local group wants to use it for things of use to the dwindling number of Venetians who actually live in Venice (now only 60,000, down from 108,000 in the 1970s).

And sacrilege! On another island - an old garbage dump - plans are afoot to make an amusement park with a Venetian bent!

Anyway the struggle continues for Venetians who want to stem the heavy tourist development that is more and more chasing them off to the mainland.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/12/world/europe/island-fixer-upper-near-the-madding-crowd.html?_r=0

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