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NYT: "Venice, Invaded by Tourists, Risks Becoming ‘Disneyland on the Sea’"

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We are all tourists. If you visit a place and you don't live there, you are a tourist. You are not different from all the other people there. The tourist problem you see and complain about: you are part of the problem. Tourists are not spoiling the experience for you. You are.

Yogi Bara said it best "nobody goes there any more--it's too crowded"

I can't remember the last time I thought "damn tourists" in a city I vacationed in. I have zero issues with the Disneyfication of Times Square or Fishermans Wharf in San Francisco.

Venice seems different, no? What business do massive cruise ships passing in front of Saint Marco Square, shaking buildings, and potentially damaging the already fragile buildings? Then dumping lots of tourists on to the sinking city. Tourists are not bad in themselves. It's the manner in which they are being deposited on to Venice by the cruise companies that I find offensive.

Anyways, the fact that Venice may have lost artisans because of this 20 year trend is just a tangential sad point. That's a general trend worldwide, despite the Nick Templeton's of the world, etc.
 

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