Strategies for Improving Performance
Edited by Peter Karl Kresl and Daniele Ietri
Chapter 8: The metropolitan area of Venice in the changing economy of the North East
The metropolitan area of Venice has been the subject of debate for at least 30 years. It is hard to say who was the first to put forward the hypothesis of a city capable of going beyond the boundaries of the Venetian municipality. An important stage in the debate was the ambitious convention promoted by the local mayors in the early 1990s with the aim of reorganizing the “Pa-Tre-Ve” area (Padua, Treviso, Venice) and giving the three cities at the core of the Veneto renewed visibility and a new governance. These mayors, who were the first to have been elected in the so-called “second republic”, hoped to create a break with the past ushering in a new political and administrative era. Those participating recall the enthusiasm for the many projects discussed and the hope that insights from the previous decade could be turned into reality. They also clearly remember that the speakers struggled to find pressing reasons for accelerating the implementation of projects that were still at a preliminary stage. Even the most determined among them were hard put to justify the need for a metropolitan area. Obviously, this need arises from the desire to upgrade the status of the metropolitan area within the domestic scenario. However, it was unclear why so many local governing bodies should forsake their sovereignty in their local areas. Not only were the objectives hazy, there seemed to be no necessity.
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