Thursday, October 4

Rome Improvements

During the month of September, there was (some) good news coming out of Rome, which has been riddled with scandals on the level of Caligula & Co. of late (and - alas - Rome's not the only one capturing headlines when it comes to siphoning monies from the public funds).  In any case, it looks like Rome is trying to clean up its act, so to speak.
It started with the new paint jobs of the white lines (a regular feature since they fade so quickly - talk about siphoning public funds).  This was followed by a few new sorties over the Roman walls by Retake Rome & Fondazione Garibaldi (find them on facebook - their next stop: Ponte Milvio on October 13th).  And, speaking of walls, a few organizations in the fall take University students or other groups around the entire Aurelian walls surrounding the original city limits of Rome.
It's a beautiful way to experience the city.

Next, I heard that the Chamber of Commerce along with RomaCapitale have instituted a toll free number for citizens to indicate disservices in their area.  You can call 800.912.760 and let them know if places are filled with trash, perhaps graffiti and other such complaints.
My wish is that this initiative lasts a bit longer than most of them that come and go with the political winds...

Not to be outdone, the City's Bus Service ATAC decided to bring in their own complaint dept.  This is via email to the President of Security of some sorts [email:  sosatac *AT* fabriziosantori *DOT* com...]  They (or he, rather) want to know if buses don't come by, or pass you right by, if they're dirty, or even receive suggestions on line extensions and improved services]  -- Click here for my cheat sheet on bus travails...Fifty ways to leave your rider...
Again, I hope these complaints actually get a response unlike others I've tried and heard in response, 
"Well, we really can't help you out.  We just take the complaints."

And even the Vatican (besaddled with their very own 'What the Butler Saw' now playing Live! on the Via Crucis) got into the act.  The Vatican Museums have added a few roaming priests to help people out in their moment of rapture while viewing the works, with questions on the clergy, on the artworks, symbolism and more.  
They're the live version of Siri - maybe they can call themselves, Cyrus - after the Great Persian King...


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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOD! 800.912.760 is a dream come true. I will tattoo it on my arm. Cannot wait to be able to use it (and trust me, there are plenty of occasions to use it).
THANKS!

Romerican said...

Armed with a valid "disservice" I tried to call the number for about 30 min and got this recording every time: "L'utente non e' al momento disponibile. La pregiamo di richiamare più tardi".
Damn you, Rome!

Francesca Maggi said...

As I often note, In Italy...they make these sweeping announcements in the press or pass laws with no further followthru...
Like a reader once commented -- In Italy, they think all you need to do is say it -- without the enforcement (or manning the phone lines), it's as good as useless.
So, take the above hotlines with a healthy mound of Sale...