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(Telegraph)   A man. A plan. A canal. Venice?   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 36
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2013-09-23 12:27:27 PM
Venice will be underwater soon, as will a lot cities in the next 100 years. Might as well let people enjoy it now.
 
2013-09-23 12:27:34 PM
Just run 'em over.

Protesters are so cute.
 
2013-09-23 12:27:52 PM
"... some armed with inflatable rings."

Oh, no! Not inflatable rings.
 
2013-09-23 12:28:33 PM
With the level of pollution there, I'm surprised the protestors didn't just dissolve into a pink slurry.
 
2013-09-23 12:29:31 PM

cgraves67: "... some armed with inflatable rings."

Oh, no! Not inflatable rings.


My one weakness!.
 
2013-09-23 12:30:33 PM
Ecine vlan, a Canal, Panama?  That does not work at all subby
 
2013-09-23 12:31:20 PM
They should torpedo all those ships.
 
2013-09-23 12:34:16 PM

holybull99: Venice will be underwater soon, as will a lot cities in the next 100 years. Might as well let people enjoy it now


Venice figured out a solution to that years ago. Because most of the city is sinking at a rate of a few feet per century, they just keep building new floors at the top of their houses. Except it's become such a tourist destination that they're fighting a losing battle to maintain all the historic things that are at sea level already. Just accept that in the end, nature always wins.

Also, do these idiot protesters not know how much of their local economy depends on tourism?
 
2013-09-23 12:34:22 PM

holybull99: Venice will be underwater soon, as will a lot cities in the next 100 years. Might as well let people enjoy it now.


Venice is sinking independent of sea level fluctuation.

\Good old Italian engineering.
 
2013-09-23 12:38:27 PM
They should just bulldoze protesters


www.peacewithrealism.org

/too soon?
 
2013-09-23 12:38:50 PM

BalugaJoe: They should torpedo all those ships.


Because what Venice needs is a blocked harbor and even more pollution leaking out of derelict ships plus thousands of stranded tourists.
 
2013-09-23 12:38:54 PM

cgraves67: "... some armed with inflatable rings."

Oh, no! Not inflatable rings.


Could be worse:
people.csail.mit.edu

/unexpected
 
2013-09-23 12:44:28 PM

This text is now purple: holybull99: Venice will be underwater soon, as will a lot cities in the next 100 years. Might as well let people enjoy it now.

Venice is sinking independent of sea level fluctuation.

\Good old Italian engineering.


Now, now! The original roman engineering is actually pretty effective. Although; I imagine it's probably all sunk below the surface at this point. It's almost like they should have picked a better spot to build a city.
 
2013-09-23 12:44:50 PM

Nightsweat: With the level of pollution there, I'm surprised the protestors didn't just dissolve into a pink slurry.


That's what I was going to say.  If it was historically accurate, the canals in Stormwind City should look more like the green slime in the Undercity,
 
2013-09-23 12:47:15 PM
I guess the gondolas were too filled with tourist to protest.
 
2013-09-23 12:50:00 PM
There's some evidence that the water displaced from the ships moving about is eroding the banks of the canals and damaging the foundations of the buildings.  The tourism money is likely important, but perhaps it would be better to set up a port outside of the actual city where the cruise ships could dock, and have shuttles bring the tourists into the city and then back to the ships.
 
2013-09-23 12:50:16 PM
And when the tourism falls because of this, or from what they hope to acheive, they'll be baitching about that too.
 
2013-09-23 12:50:57 PM
a camel named eman lemaca
 
2013-09-23 12:53:23 PM

iheartscotch: This text is now purple: holybull99: Venice will be underwater soon, as will a lot cities in the next 100 years. Might as well let people enjoy it now.

Venice is sinking independent of sea level fluctuation.

\Good old Italian engineering.

Now, now! The original roman engineering is actually pretty effective. Although; I imagine it's probably all sunk below the surface at this point. It's almost like they should have picked a better spot to build a city.


You could always hire a few Dutch engineers to solve the problem.

www.boostdam.net
 
2013-09-23 12:56:34 PM

The Irresponsible Captain: iheartscotch: This text is now purple: holybull99: Venice will be underwater soon, as will a lot cities in the next 100 years. Might as well let people enjoy it now.

Venice is sinking independent of sea level fluctuation.

\Good old Italian engineering.

Now, now! The original roman engineering is actually pretty effective. Although; I imagine it's probably all sunk below the surface at this point. It's almost like they should have picked a better spot to build a city.

You could always hire a few Dutch engineers to solve the problem.


Not everything can be solved by shoving a finger in a dike. Anyway, you usually have to pay extra for that.
 
2013-09-23 12:57:11 PM

iheartscotch: Now, now! The original roman engineering is actually pretty effective. Although; I imagine it's probably all sunk below the surface at this point. It's almost like they should have picked a better spot to build a city.


When I first came here, this was all lagoon.  Everyone said I was daft to build a city on a lagoon, but I built in all the same, just to show them.  It sank into the lagoon.  So I built a second one.  That sank into the lagoon.  So I built a third.  That burned down, fell over, then sank into the lagoon.  But the fourth one ... stayed up!
 
2013-09-23 01:00:11 PM
The canals are basically open sewers....with trash thrown into them too.
 
2013-09-23 01:11:35 PM

Nightsweat: With the level of pollution there, I'm surprised the protestors didn't just dissolve into a pink slurry.


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it's great for one's back though.
 
2013-09-23 01:14:47 PM
NewWorldDan:

Also, do these idiot protesters not know how much of their local economy depends on tourism?

Probably. Venice has been a tourist destination for hundreds of years. However, having tens of thousands of people inundate the city for their four hour excursions probably doesn't contribute all that much to the local economy, since they aren't staying in hotels or eating in restaurants. I'm guessing they generally go to St. Mark's, get a pigeon to land on them, take some pictures of the big churchy thing, and head back to the ships.
 
2013-09-23 01:18:25 PM

iheartscotch: This text is now purple: holybull99: Venice will be underwater soon, as will a lot cities in the next 100 years. Might as well let people enjoy it now.

Venice is sinking independent of sea level fluctuation.

\Good old Italian engineering.

Now, now! The original roman engineering is actually pretty effective. Although; I imagine it's probably all sunk below the surface at this point. It's almost like they should have picked a better spot to build a city.


You tend to build ports where the water is...

And considering they got 1600 years of use out of it, it worked out okay.
 
2013-09-23 01:24:04 PM
A lagoon full of sandy islands is a pretty silly place to build a city.
Then again, so is right next to an active volcano.
 
2013-09-23 01:25:18 PM
myth.typepad.com
 
2013-09-23 01:38:01 PM
"There were no survivors."
 
2013-09-23 02:01:27 PM
I knew an Italian guy who's family owned a house in Venice and a hotel on the mainland. They made more money renting out their house for 3 months a year than the hotel did all year round. Without tourists there wouldn't be anything in Venice now a days. It was always a harbor town and cargo ships no longer dock in the city.

The population of Venice is a tenth of what it was 200 years ago.
 
2013-09-23 02:05:00 PM
Venice is on my bucket list. There is so much history there. When I do it, I hope not to be the ugly American, though. I like going low-key and staying in cheap hotels and hostels. Cruise ships are the ultimate in big, fat, honking, in-your-face tourism. If I lived in a place like Venice, I'd probably want to sink a few ships as a warning to the others.
 
2013-09-23 02:15:58 PM
It's fun and games until some unlucky protestor finds out how powerful a bow thruster is.
 
2013-09-23 02:51:35 PM
The palindrome of "Bolton" would be "Notlob"!
 
2013-09-23 03:56:29 PM
Before the city practically froze in time with no new construction, the Venetians used to rebuild all the time to account for their sinking islets. Impossible to do that now, so they have to find other solutions. Frankly I can't believe they even allow cruise ships like that to even enter the lagoon, much less pass that close to the city buildings.
 
2013-09-23 04:27:15 PM
I hate cruise ships, so I got no dog in this fight
 
2013-09-23 04:35:37 PM
In Venice I learned that putting rocket on a pizza isn't as cool as it sounds.
 
2013-09-24 12:21:00 AM

CygnusDarius: cgraves67: "... some armed with inflatable rings."

Oh, no! Not inflatable rings.

My one weakness!.


Dorcas, is that you?
 
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