The Decline And Fall Of Venice

“Already half the houses in Venice are empty, owned by foreigners and absentee landlords. True Venetians hate the Disneyfication of their city – the kitsch of the carnival that has now become a commodified mass spectacle, the endless tourists. There is talk of constructing a London Eye-type ferris wheel to dwarf the surroundings. Venetians such as Germano and Marina almost despair of regaining their city.”

Source: Le Monde Diplomatique 03/31/11