|A mobile poster, in Piazza dei Rei di Roma.|
The poster at top is for a party on the right (destra); it calls for the "immediate expulsion of undocumented immigrants," as well as for the re-election of the right-wing Mayor, Gianni Alemanno (he lost).
|Poster line along a Metro construction site.|
We enjoy reading the posters and gathering from them information about the city's elections, politicians, and shared concerns. That much is good. What isn't good is that the poster lines are too often a blight on the urban landscape. They're tolerable when the landscape is itself a mess, so that a poster line placed on an already disruptive Metro construction site doesn't make much difference.
But this sort of modest restraint, if one could call if that, is seldom practiced. One line in Prati runs down the middle of what would otherwise be an elegant, treed median/parkway.
Those that cleave to the sidewalks leave little room for pedestrians and bring clutter--and often refuse--to nice residential areas (see the poster at end).
|Messy. And badly positioned between a park and a church.|
This line borders a park in the Marconi area and is directly across the street from Santo Volto, a lovely and important new church designed by Rome architects Piero Sartogo and Nathalie Grenon.
|Blocking the view of Acqua Paola (visible at upper left) and|
the city below
And now and then, a poster line is placed especially ineptly. On one side of this line (in back of the photographer) is a comely park on the Gianicolo. On the other side (if the poster line were miraculously removed, it would be right in front of you) is one of Rome's treasures: the enormous, elaborate fountain known as Acqua Paola (no. 19 on RST's Top 40).
|Neighborhood blight, this time in San Giovanni|