“He’s living alone on the Lido and losing his eyesight, and he’s still going to the cemetery. Aldo is burying the community.”
Princeton professor Mitchell Duneier has come to town to talk about his new book, Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea, and sign a few copies. But certain events in the week preceding Duneier’s presentation, at the Chicago Humanities Festival, have added extra weight to a discussion about the nature of the ghetto.
The world’s oldest ghetto is about to get a makeover. Jewish-German designer Diane von Furstenberg is launching a $12 million initiative to restore the 500-year-old Venice Ghetto.