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Rome Today: Retaking Rome from Graffiti

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Uploaded on Apr 19, 2010

(RT) -- April 17, 2010

ROME -- RETAKE ROME a non-profit grass roots initiative organized two Clean-up Marathons in two different areas of Rome: Trastevere and the Via Cassia to celebrate EARTHDAY 2010.

Hundreds of volunteers joined the group event to Speak Up & Clean Up! See why...

It's one of the oldest bridges in Rome along the Tiber River built in honor of Pope Sixtus IV and used today to bridge the gap between two of Rome's most populated areas.

However, if you look closely it isn't cracks threatening to bring down this 500-year old bridge. Instead, its graffiti! In all its forms...from offensive scribbles, doodles and tags to complete drawings that are destroying its image and defacing the historical center of the Eternal City.

In an effort, to RETAKE Rome and reclaim its beauty the international community led by one fed-up citizen Rebecca Spitzmiller, local volunteers and top city officials teamed up to tackle the problem and invited all Romans to do the same on EARTH DAY 2010. www.retakerome.it

Reporting for Rome Today,
Araceli -- ITALY

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