Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tourists want to see a canal? You don't have to travel to Venice.

In the past I've been critical of tourism and the effect it has on a local community. Venice is being 'loved' to death.

From the Christian Science Monitor

“It’s becoming unlivable," he charges. "You cannot walk over the Rialto Bridge, there are so many tourists blocking the way. Imagine what will happen when the Chinese, the Indians, and the Brazilians start to arrive – there will be millions more tourists. For Venetians not involved in tourism, the quality of life is getting worse.” On the main tourist route, between the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square, visitors looking for a glittery Carnival mask or a pair of €800 ($1,000) designer boots are spoiled for choice, but it is almost impossible to buy an apple, a wrench, a diaper, or any of the other staples of normal existence.

20 Million tourists a year. Lowell, and other cities, would be glad to alleviate Venica's problem.

Look, a canal with a boat. Save yourself the airfare, and drop cash you saved on downtown.

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