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Venice punishes architect for unfriendly tourist bridge



(CNN) – In recent years, Venice has tried to stem its overtover tourism.
Now Italy's famous canal city proceeded against a bridge which is not able to deal with it The tourists who already have it.

The Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was fined € 78,000 because of the design flaw on the Constitutional Bridge spanning the Grand Canal.

The decision was made on 9 August 2019 by an Italian court.

The verdict said that the architect was "negligent" in his building process, citing the fact that Calatrava had designed other bridges ̵

1; including in Dallas, Texas, and Calgary, Alberta – as proof that he had enough Information The Constitution Bridge connects Santa Lucia train station with Piazzale Roma. Constitution Bridge connects Santa Lucia Station with Piazzale Roma.

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The 300 foot long Ponte della Costituzione, unveiled in 2008 to a great fanfare, was named in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Italian Constitution. Steel skeleton and glass sides were not for the many visitors to Venice – or their luggage – equipped. Some of the glass stairs had to be replaced already.

This is not the first time that Calatrava has encountered problems with his projects.

A planned "Chicago Spire" skyscraper was canceled in 2015, when it also turned out to be expensive – it would have been necessary to demolish the legendary Willis Tower.

The controversy surrounding the constitutional bridge is just the latest problem faced by Venice in terms of the real-time effects of upper tourism.

Venice has imposed strict controls on travelers, including a fee of $ 11 for day trippers who do not spend the night in the city and bans on suitcases with wheels.

Mayor Luigi Brugnaro supports the #EnjoyRespectVenezia campaign, which calls visitors to a respectful visit.

CNN has asked Calatrava's New York office for comments. [19659018]
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