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Venice turning into ‘ghost town’ as population drops below 50,000 for first time

Stickers and banners bearing the quantity 49,999 have appeared on bridges and buildings in latest weeks in protest in opposition to a drop in residents in Venice’s outdated city. It’s believed to be the primary time the inhabitants has fallen beneath 50,000 in dwelling reminiscence.

Resident Matteo Secchi informed German every day Frankfurter Allgemeine: “If it continues like this, we’ll turn out to be a ghost city like Pompeii.”

Twenty years in the past Venice was residence to 64,000 folks however the inhabitants fell to 58,200 in 2012. It has now reached an historic low of 49,997, based on surveys by metropolis authorities.

Mr Secchi and supporters from organisation are warning of a unbroken exodus from town, dubbed “Venexodus”, as younger folks develop bored with hovering meals costs, rising vacationer numbers, excessive rents and going with out automobiles.

9 thousand folks in Venice are underneath 18 whereas virtually half who stay there are 60 or older.

The Italian Authorities acted after the United Nations’ tradition organisation UNESCO threatened to place the nation on a blacklist for not banning liners from the World Heritage web site.

Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, has denied town is turning into a museum. The broader Venice space, together with individuals who stay on close by islands, has a inhabitants of 77,000.

A complete of 25,000 college students and 35,000 commuters have additionally been recorded in Venice.

However it’s a far cry from Venice’s historic standing because the Mediterranean’s main metropolis.

The outdated city’s inhabitants decline has led supporters to check Venice to Disneyland and an open-air museum.

When the variety of residents fell beneath 60,000 in 2009, a procession of gondolas took half in a mock funeral in protest.

Pall bearers sporting black capes carried a flower-draped, pink coffin symbolising Venice’s “dying” resulting from rampant tourism, rising sea ranges, housing prices, a low start price and lack of companies.

Extra reporting by Monika Pallenberg

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