Will Venice Sink, or Drown?

Tourists are rapidly taking the place of local residents, jeopardizing the city’s future

It’s the off season in Venice, and rain has fallen upon the City of Canals nearly every day for the past few weeks. When combined with abnormally high tides and a powerful scirocco wind, water rises and floods the city’s narrow streets and alleyways, a periodic phenomenon known as acqua alta. This month’s recent flooding was one of the worst in recent history, breaching Saint Mark’s Basilica for only the sixth time in the cathedral’s…