There is little evidence here of planned urban renewal, but new blocks of flats spring up wherever land becomes available to developers. I imagine speculators buy up old properties with a view to re-development, so many old houses are vacant, even where neighbouring houses are occupied.
I had a sense of a grievance in Reggio of 2014 about austerity imposed as a result of the universal economic recession, and illegal dumping of waste is evidence of desire to avoid waste collection charges.
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Most churches in Reggio are magnificent and well-kept. This is the smallest and oldest and a place of pilgrimage, dedicated to Our Lady of the Poor.