Your daily Perugia update: Italian mayor is pissed, p-patch gets name, too

Via the Seattle Times comes this article from Italian news site Corriere della Sera where the Times says the Perugian mayor comes out swinging:

Mayor Wladimiro Boccali said relations between Seattle and sister city Perugia “should not be compromised by an event that is only judicial in nature. Our two communities, our relations, have nothing to do with” the trial. Boccali made the comments in a story in a Milan newspaper, Corriere della Sera.

We ran a translation of the article to see what else we could learn but, really, Seattle Parks superintendent Tim Gallagher in Italian is much more interesting than the translation:

«Abbiamo temporaneamente accantonato la procedura per l’intitolazione del parco» alla città di Perugia, ha detto Gallagher.

Meanwhile, in a decision much less likely to cause a controversy (we think!), the garden element of the park has been named to honor one of the community groups that has helped drive creation of the new greenspace. Unpaving Paradise P-Patch will honor the Community Council’s open space committee, the city’s Community Garden Coordinator Sandy Pernitz announced.

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2 thoughts on “Your daily Perugia update: Italian mayor is pissed, p-patch gets name, too

  1. I think the last paragraph of the Unpaving Paradise statement hits it right on the head… the Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association should put some time/ effort into helping develop or plan a park, then as a community we’d be happy to let them name the park whatever they want.

  2. You used to translate Corriere della Sera . Recall that the Babel Fish is from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:

    ” the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation”

    The connection seems worryingly ironic here.