COVID: Naples crib makers say ‘street for sale’

(ANSA) – NAPLES, APR 12 – The iconic Nativity-scene makers
along Naples’ Via San Gregorio Armeno, listed among the 10 most
famous streets in the world, say the storied thoroughfare risks
being turned into a shopping mall after developers buy them out
amid the COVID crisis.
    The creche makers demonstrated outside their closed workshops on
Monday, displaying a placard saying “San Gregorio Armeno For
    One of the 40 or so artisans, Salvatore Gambardella, said “they
have come from the estate agents to ask if we want to sell our
ateliers, they want to profit from our difficulties to turn the
street into a shopping mall and rub out tradition”.
    The vice president of the group, Serena D’Alessandro, said they
had sent a registered letter to local institutions “but no one
has replied, they are ignoring us”.
    On Wednesday the presepe makers will be outside the regional
government building demanding to be seen by Campania Governor
Vincenzo De Luca. (ANSA).


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