Some of you might remember the strong earthquake that shook l’Aquila in April 2009. You can find here some of the things I wrote about this.
Four years after the quake this is what L’Aquila Major Massimo Cialente says about thei situation:
“..no one gives a damn about L’Aquila”.
ANAS has agreed to pay a “little” extra” to accelerate works on 2 crucial spots in the italian road network:
10 Ml. euros (roghly 13 Ml. USD) to Impregilo for a 1,4 miles tunnel on Statale 36, near Como.
26 Ml. euro (roughly 33.87 Ml USD) to Consorzio Uniter and Tecnis for a 11.1 km part of the Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway.
Mind these are not payments on contracts.. these are “bonus” to speed the delivery of the finished work, that was laready greatly late.
The press report the “go ahead” for the SDO project in the Pietralata Area of Rome. There will be new schools, services, social housing, private and public buildings… Central Government has just approved a € 113 Mln spending plan for the SDO.
The first idea of development in those areas started in 1957. (link) But the city has since then grown in other directions and with different goals.
Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for The New York Times, writes about Italy and the aftermath of the 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila. He has a view of things quite different from the locals one, I am not so sure he is wrong. (link)
(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) from the Big Picture
La Salerno-Reggio finisce in prima sul Nyt: «Simbolo del fallimento dell’Italia»
«Simbolo» delle preoccupazioni di molti Paesi del Nord Europa per la corruzione che dilaga in gran parte del Sud (Corriere.it)
It is true, NYT goes to Calabria and find out what the story is. Thing is that you write Calabria, but you must read Italy. Or at least most of it.
Corriere.it notices that escalators and elevators of Rome’s underground are almost always closed and out of order.
This is on one of the elevators at Stazione termini (the busiest station in Rome):
The elevator is not available. We suggest you an alternative route. Using other stations.
Tomorrow morning at 05:30 the first train of the Rome B1 underground line will start the new service. it is a 4 km line with 3 stations. Works begun 7 years ago.
Renata Polverini, President of Regione Lazio and members of the national Government insist in moving the lanfill destined to receive the trash coming from Rome from Malagrotta (that has been filled years ago) to Corcolle.
Corcolle is more or less, 0.8 miles from Vila Adriana. More here fron Corriere.it.
It ends with this:
It’s as if Italy’s elite felt unable to cope with the challenging realities of its role and were striving to compensate in the easiest way available – by flashing the cash. But the upshot is that expensive creature comforts no long confirm superiority. Instead, they flag up inadequacy, showing how far the elite is from Italian reality. They are signaling an inability to comprehend the country’s need today for restraint and a focus on essentials.
But if you want to get an idea of what Italy has become, surely what Ernesto Galli Della Loggia wrote on Corriere della Sera is woth reading.
Welcome to Casoria: Antonio Manfredi, director of CAM (Contemporary Art Museum) of Casoria, burns a painting of French artist Severine Bourguignon (Reuters/Stringer)
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Welcome to Naples (yes, it’s near Casoria) where books are missing from an ancient library.