Storefronts – Tor Marancia
A camera lens in need of repair brought me to Tor Marancia, a zone squeezed behind Garbatella and San Paolo. It was a bit eery. mixed with more tall green pines than I’ve seen elsewhere in Rome and abandoned schools and storefronts. The old liceo artistico in viale Tor Marancia bombed with graffiti and beer bottles that litter the ground. Another reminder that Rome, no matter how small it can make you feel, is bigger than you can imagine. It got me thinking about what it would be like to say I was Roman and be from this neighborhood as opposed to Montesacro or Prati or Pigneto. All are so completely different, it would be like growing up in a completely different city. I suppose for people who grew up in urban environments, that’s a no brainer, but as someone who didn’t it’s still an interesting thing for me to ponder.