Can Venice Be Saved?

Water and Venice have always had a complicated relationship. The world's most famously wet city is also one of its most famously endangered ones, forever being flooded by its signature canals. Ever since the 14th century, Italian engineers have dreamed of ways to control the water. Now a solution may be at hand. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Venice Mayor Paola Costa attended a stone-laying ceremony in May to begin work on the long-delayed Moses project, a vast series of sea gates that may finally keep the sodden city dry.

The need for Venetian water control has never been greater. Especially...

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