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Rome - Hot Debate Over Mayor's Plan to Make Colosseum a Pedestrain Zone!

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/01/world/europe/road-through-roman-history-creates-colossal-headache.html?pagewanted=all

I've always thought that the busy major thoroughfare running right by the Colosseum and ancient Roman Forum was a light on the atmosphere of such an archaeological area and I guess Rome's mayor does as well.

What do you think - it seems a valid point that the road is an essential connector that if done away with will cause monumental traffic snarls but still for world-class sites like the Colossseum and Forum I think having those in a more serene location is great - and I've always thought the Schlock allowed in front of the colosseum - especially all the vendors selling bird seed, fake birds, etc and faux gladiators posing for pictures for a fee with tourists was tacky as well - not having been to Rome for a few years I wonder if that tacky things are also still allowed?

What do you think about the Mayor of Rome's plans?

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