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Venice – Islands by Any Other Name

Commentaries written after the major migrations of mainland residents into the Venetian Lagoon in the face of Trans-Alpine invaders, and a millenium of later research after an era of “silent witnesses”, contribute high-probability candidate names and locations in the core Venetian Archipelago for Venice’s “original 12 communities”… And … Continue reading

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Rialto – Location, Location, Location

A little more background, and a little more conjecture, seems always in order about Riva Alto. It is a tomba, one of the ancient, sturdy sandy islands standing proudly above the high tide line, thought to be locations for many of the new permanent settlements in … Continue reading

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Walled In or Walled Out – A Community Planning Lesson from Venice

Many write about and speak to the glorious open views across the Venetian Lagoon, the extraordinary scenes down every canal and rio, the sunny expanses of campos surrounded by cafes and glorious architecture —The City of Light, The City of … Continue reading

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Streets Are Flooded – Please Advise

Yes, Venice, but NOT aqua alta.  Upon arriving in Venice, English humorist Robert Benchly cabled home, “The streets are flooded!  Please advise!”  Since the only “street” in Venice is the relatively newly constructed Strada Nova, and acqua alta is more … Continue reading

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Community and Opportunity

Over twenty-five centuries ago, the Greek philosopher Alcaeus accurately observed, “Not house finely roofed or the stones of walls well-builded, nor canals and dockyards, make the city, but men able to use their opportunity.” The “slums and slurbs” to which we … Continue reading

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Campo San Stefano

“Wow!” said the tourist to his companion as they passed through Campo San Stefano, “This is like being at the food court in the Mall”.  That is about as accurate a simile for the place as remarking while in your bathtub, “Wow, this is like kayaking … Continue reading

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Venice – Rivers into the Lagoon

Befitting its location not far from the Alps and at the lower end of the monumental Po Valley, the Laguna Veneta, and therefore the City and Republic of Venice, were formed by, and inextricably impacted by the major rivers that … Continue reading

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Venice – Avenues in the Lagoon

Other articles in “RenaissanceRules” have begun to address the Canali and Rii of Venice in their specific relationship to the core City and its sestiere or districts. Be not deceived!  Venice is not merely a tightly wound group of densely developed islands with a … Continue reading

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“Carpet Bombing” Again Threatens Cities

…and Suburbs are now also targets of opportunity, sometimes merely for existing despite the self-proclaimed “greater wisdom” of the urban planning gurus.  The “Carpet Bombing” I am addressing is a particularly invasive form of “redevelopment” or “urban renewal” or “economic … Continue reading

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Venice – “Street” Names

  A MILLION STORIES IN THE BIG CITY  (Just in the “Street Names”!) Place names provide great insight into the history, land, people, places and events that occurred in a community at the time of the ” name placement”.  Of course, … Continue reading

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