Non-repayable loans in exchange for a medium-term (cleaning) commitment. A public tender called ‘Muri puliti e protetti’ (‘Clean and protected walls’), was launched by Palazzo d’Accursio as a means to remove graffiti from the buildings, but only three condominiums actually applied for it. Each applicant would receive a contribution between €500 and €3,000, if they commit to removing graffiti within three months of appearing on their walls as well as the general upkeep of said walls/facade for two years.
Councillor for Security and Heritage Maintenance, Riccardo Malagoli, threatened “possible sanctions” against those who complain of the degradation but then is not ready to roll up their sleeves and deal with it. The issue has divided the Bolognese with those split between blaming their lazy fellow citizens and those who argue that cleaning graffiti is a duty the city council is responsible for.
Walking along Via Ugo Bassi, Roberta Ricci confirms “a praiseworthy initiative, the first step in solving a problem that ruins our image.” She suggests, however, “some inactive or unprotected categories should be integrated into making the cleaning operations low cost.” Two young Sardinian students, Mara Digennaro and Manuel Matera also emphasize “the need for an effort on the part of the owners and their tenants” while Manuel recalls how, in this sense, “public funding, even if small, is not to be turned down.”
Along Via Rizzoli arcades, though, there were those who have no intention of striking a conciliatory tone, like Laura Leone. Laura on the contrary, stresses the “duty of the institutions to provide for these issues, especially in an old town that gets dirty daily and without constantly.” To stem the increasingly rampant phenomenon of graffiti, in reality, the city council should contribute a generous amount of that special protective paint makes it harder to write over. On the other hand, according to sisters Ilaria and Elena Pellegrino, “it’s just for these types of services of that, in theory, we already pay our taxes for.” Enzo Bucciadori points to a more corrupt conclusion saying, “the system like the one proposed is decidedly more advantageous for the rulers than for its citizens. It’s also the first one to compete against those who dirty the walls and those who are meant to guarantee of our security, in the absence of which illegal acts will proliferate.”