Lotti – Garbatella
Garbatella is a neighborhood of Rome located just south of Ostiense that is quite well known here in Rome, even if most tourists never visit it. The area was constructed after the Unification of Italy when a main train terminal was finally being built (yes, it took until the 1870s to get that under way….Rome being somewhat behind the times isn’t a new thing!). With all the workers being brought in to work on the railroad, housing had to be built, as poor workers were getting by with shoddy accommodation. From this need came the Istituto Casa Popolari (ICP), which provided public housing. And of course because this is Rome, even the public housing is quite beautiful in its own right. These photos show two different plaques clearly labeled with the ICP stamp and noting the “lotto” (housing block) number of each apartment.
Garbatella has come a long way since its public housing days and is know as a very tight knit neighborhood with left-wing leanings and an undying love for AS Roma. At some point I’ll get good photos of a very famous mural of Roma soccer players painted on one of the buildings. The lotti are now very sought after for housing and its almost impossible to find real estate here because families have held on to their property, which was passed down generation after generation. There’s also a lot of good restaurants here, though not lively night life, so maybe that’s why people don’t visit (that and the combination of no “famous” monuments I guess). I’ll do a more extensive shoot in Garbatella at some point, but this is just a little preview for you.
As usual I couldn’t decide on the shot to post. I love the top one for the texture and shadow, but I think it’s cool how you see the laundry hanging from the second one. What do you think?