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Old Posted Nov 3, 2009, 3:06 PM
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Why Are Venicians Fleeing Venice?

Ciao, Ciao, Venice

Published Nov 2, 2009

By Barbie Nadeau | NEWSWEEK


Doomsayers have been predicting that Venice will sink into the sea for decades. For hundreds of days every year, water (known as acqua alta) floods the city's main squares and low-lying streets, causing structural damage to the ancient buildings and bestowing headaches on anyone trying to get around on foot. The average water level in the lagoon has risen by 24 centimeters over the last century. At this rate, even the most conservative predictions give Venice less than 100 years before it is completely submerged.

But now there may be a more imminent threat to this picturesque city. Venice isn't sinking as much as it is shrinking—demographers predict that by 2030, there won't be a single full-time Venetian resident left.
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Old Posted Mar 14, 2011, 9:39 AM
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It i a beautiful city, but how can you live there? What the builders were thinking when planned it?
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Old Posted Mar 21, 2011, 12:45 PM
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It's too expensive to live in - with most nof the properties having been converted in to hotels. The city is just a tourist haven with those who work in the hotels and business catering for the tourists living in the suburbs and towns around venice where property prices are very much lower and where there are roads to enable car ownership unlike in venice itself.

As for flooding, the city has embarked on state of the art flood defences.

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