Now, to be fair, it was August and we were lucky to get any 'news' worth printing, let alone the street cleaning. But, personally, I love it when the Mayors start posting their urban improvements all around town. The previous mayor, Mayor Alemanno, periodically put up posters saying "Trimmed 5500 trees!" or "Garbage recycled up 5%" I love these direct democracy kind of posts. I like to see my city govt taking action.
|image from http://www.amatelarchitettura.com|
As for the trees, others complained that you don't trim in winter (I think they have a point) and personally, having witnessed those gorgeous umbrella pines practically shaved headless, well, I didn't think 'trim' was the operative word. Around Rome, they still haven't recovered their glorious - albeit precarious-in-a-storm - canopies.
And while I'm on the topic of trees (and tree-lined roads, just to get back to the original theme of the post), may I submit that Italy's Legambiente environmental group, residents, and even City Parks held an all-day Tree & Money growing-on-trees party -- to help replant the 60-odd trees that were maliciously destroyed in a newly-created park for residents that was recouped from an abandoned lot.
This is in Garbatella, right near the Regione Lazio and the via Cristoforo Colombo.
Bring trees - bring funds - Bring yourselves - Bring Joy - and don't let the vandals (or worse) get our city down.