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Today is a new metropolitan age and for the first time ever more people live in cities than they do anywhere else. As cities strengthen their international and cultural influence, the global world is acted out most articulately in the world's urban hubs — through its diverse cultures, broad networks and innovative styles of governance. Looking at the city through its internal dynamics, the book examines how governance and cultural policy play out in a national and international framework.

Making a truly global contribution to the literature, editors Isar and Anheier bring together a truly international and highly-respected collection of scholars. In doing so, they skilfully steer debates beyond the city as an economic powerhouse, to cover issues that fully comprehend a city's cultural dynamics and ...

Venice, Reloaded? A Tale of Urban Life (and Death)
Venice, reloaded? A tale of urban life (and death)
Pier LuigiSacco

This chapter explores the situation of Venice in the broader context of the Veneto region of Italy, showing how the city is steadily evolving into a big theme park, as its residents, forced out by high real estate prices, move in ever larger numbers to the mainland city of Mestre, or to nearby towns. Pressures to maintain the status quo are very strong, driven by the high rents generated by the tourist trap of the island city. But, as the author argues, this pattern is unsustainable; it condemns the city to disappear. In its place, the author argues, the need is for a revitalization strategy that could ...

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