Florentines have always been thought of as chiuso: closed off, resistant to change. As the centuries passed, from inside their beautiful city Florentines would watch with skepticism as the world outside their medieval walls changed. They observed and discriminated, accepting some changes that would improve their lives and rejecting others as fads. As an American expat living in Florence for many years, I have come to respect the Florentines' right to selective change and to realize that not all change is for the best. However, have the Florentines become so overworked, underpaid and burdened by the encroaching economic crisis that they have lost their objectivity to discriminate, to accept change for the better?