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How to Work Up a Thanksgiving Appetite

Umbra Urban Engagement_ Students

During the afternoon on Thanksgiving, the Urban Engagement class worked up an appetite by helping the Borgo Bello Neighborhood Association clean street numbers along Corso Cavour.  Alongside Italian volunteers, students took turns climbing the small ladder to scrape the numbered stones clean before applying soap and paint.  The Borgo Bello Neighborhood Association taught them how to properly use the tools and the techniques needed to keep from scratching the stones. 

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Emily Martin paints house numbers on Corso Cavour.

The Borgo Bello Neighborhood Association and Umbra students had met before to discuss the regeneration of the neighborhood and the problems and opportunities in such an undertaking.  Helping to paint the house numbers brought students even closer to the community and their time volunteered to improving the appearance of Corso Cavour was much appreciated.  Even mayor Nilo Arcudi came to thank them!

This Urban Engagement Academic Seminar is led by Professor Giampiero Bevagna and urban planner Raymond Lorenzo.  In this course, students focus on urban planning and exploration to understand the relationships between people, places, and values.

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