Posted by franz (Baden, Austria) on 20 March 2015 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.
venice in black and white (23) - end of series
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in the old testament's book of daniel, the writing on the wall appears to warn the babylonians of their impending doom, but they did not heed the warning.
today, the industrial zones of mestre and porto marghera, parts of the commune di venezia, but on the mainland, might well be interpreted as such a warning and indeed have been for some time. the heavy industry on the mainland, only a short distance from the historical centre, with its chemical and steel industries, shipbuilding and heavy marine transport, have contributed heavily to the pollution of the lagoon in which venice is situated. there is little chance that these industries will be dismantled - on the contrary, they are among the most important employers in northern italy. obviously, other strategies must be developed to save "la serenessima" from doom ...
let's hope they find them in time, as it would be a terrible shame and an irretrievable loss to mankind if it were otherwise ... !
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