The City of Falling Angels
by John Berendt, a review from TLS by Sheila Hale.
"In 1969 UNESCO published a report about the problems of Venice which included a chapter entitled 'Is It Possible to Live in Venice?' Since 1951, the resident population of the historic centre had declined from 175,000 to 120,000. A shortage of affordable housing and of jobs unrelated to the tourist industry was driving Venetians, some of whom had never crossed the boundaries of their native sestieri, across the lagoon to the mainland. The population is now under 70,000, and its average age has risen, as has the proportion of foreigners who have snapped up the properties of the fleeing natives." Read the entire TLS review.