Crumbling plaster, crooked facades: in Venice the past is always present.
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Where the new is the enemy of the good: Petra Reski portrays her adopted home Venice by combining personal experiences with historical discussions. She also has her eye on the biggest problem – mass tourism.
D.he from the Ruhr area, Petra Reski has lived in Venice for thirty years and, when she is not researching the Mafia in Sicily, Duisburg and Erfurt or on a report trip, writes regularly about the lagoon city, about its sale and marketing as well as about everyday life between vaporetto and supermarket. Venice has changed over the past three decades, the dangers of mass tourism, floods, environmental degradation and political failure have grown, but so has resistance.
Petra Reski also reported on it in many articles for this newspaper: on the onslaught of day visitors pushing their way from the train station to St. about the conversion of apartments into Airbnbs and of workshops into boutiques, about greedy mayors who deal with the cultural heritage in a mercantilistic way, about cruise giants that leave rubbish and fine dust behind and attack the foundations of the city, about the “Billion Grave” Mose, its flood gates change the flow conditions and the fragile ecosystem of the lagoon.