A small revolution courtesy of the new Mayor of Rome

You don’t have to do much to make Rome a better place to live in. We Romans love to complainnot for nothing is the most popular local blog called Rome Sucks – so perhaps the time has come to focus on some of the positive things that new mayor Virginia Raggi is (slowly) achieving.

Consider for instance what happened to one of the most beautiful streets in one of the nicest areas of Rome (well, I may be a bit biased… it’s the road where I live!). The street was pedestrianised five years ago, but in a typical Roman way. As was the case for other places in Rome, such as Piazza Farnese, Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Borghese, the ban on cars was considered by Romans to be a mere suggestion and was duly ignored. Now it is finally starting to look like a pedestrianised street:

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After
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After

How was this miracle achieved? For just a couple of weeks, those mythological creatures known as “Vigili Urbani”, the traffic police, took a break from their espresso sipping duties and indulged in handing out some well-deserved fines to cars parked in the pedestrianized zone. It didn’t take long for the locals to cop on and move to cheaper parking places in nearby streets, finally making the road car-free.

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I also got fined…

It may not seem much, but a small revolution seems to have happened on the street. Mums are now free to stroll with their designer prams, kids improvise wheelies with their flashy bikes, while teenagers refine their outdoor snogging skills. Not bad considering that all this has been achieved without moving a single stone or spending a euro.

(In Italiano )

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