Rome is broke and dirty. African migrants are cleaning it up.


Filthy streets offered migrants an opportunity to perform a needed service.

Thomas J. Campanella

Rome, as all its lovers know, is littered with the glories of antiquity. It is also simply littered, sullied by unkempt parks, ubiquitous graffiti, and sidewalks strewn with bottles and dog poop.
The mess is documented by blogger Massimiliano Tonelli on his peevish, popular website, Roma Fa Schifo, which translates roughly to “Rome Sucks.” “Who,” he asks, “has diminished this most beautiful city in the world?”

The causes of this decline are complex, but it appears to be the result of both municipal budget…

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