Note — May 05, 2019

Sinking City: How Venice Is Managing Europe’s Worst Tourism Crisis

Come for the crazy tourism numbers in Europe and Venice (and the waste), stay for the excellent Fairbnb project.

[T]he act of sustaining the lagoon for over a millennium is a singular human achievement, because a lagoon by definition is a temporary natural phenomenon. Venice’s lagoon would have silted in 500 years ago if it hadn’t been for careful environmental protection, sensitive technical intervention and strict commercial regulation – a historic blueprint that provides useful lessons for tourism. […]

This June will see the launch of Fairbnb, a not-for-profit home-sharing site that only permits resident hosts; mandates one home per host; and contributes half of the 15% booking fee to social projects.