Write the mayor

Write the mayor

As of today, The Florentine will be hosting an innovative new column, Write the Mayor, in collaboration with Florence's 'first citizen', Matteo Renzi. Write the Mayor is an initiative that was suggested by the mayor himself, as he wishes to initiate a lively dialogue with the English-speaking community

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Thu 15 Sep 2011 12:00 AM

As of today, The
Florentine will be hosting an
innovative new column, Write the Mayor,
in collaboration with Florence’s ‘first citizen’, Matteo Renzi. Write
the Mayor
is an initiative that was
suggested by the mayor himself, as he wishes to initiate a lively
dialogue with the English-speaking community in Florence. The new
column will give readers of The
Florentine a chance to send Mayor Renzi
your questions and thoughts; to make suggestions, complaints and
critiques; or to discuss pressing local issues that affect daily life
in Florence. In turn, every two weeks, the mayor will respond to
readers’ most pertinent questions in the pages of The
Florentine. This column will be
exclusive to our publication and will address news and views of
specific interest to the English-speaking community in Florence.

 

How does the column
work?

The Florentine will collect and gather all questions received via email. Based on
our publication’s extensive editorial experience and news coverage
of the City, and in addition to its knowledge and integral role in
the English-speaking community here, The
Florentine will be in charge of the
selection process. The editorial staff will choose the most
interesting questions and comments received from the community and
forward them to the mayor. Questions and comments will be carefully
selected to reflect a range of views and perspectives. Selections
will be based on the following criteria: importance of the issues
raised; timeliness and relevance of questions; interest level to
readers. The Florentine’s
editorial team will then forward the selected questions and comments
to the mayor, in anticipation of a written response.

 

How to Write the Mayor

Those interested in
writing the mayor must follow a few simple rules. Please send your
messages and comments via email to: redazione@theflorentine.net.
You must state ‘Write the Mayor’ in the subject line of the email.
Emails must clearly state the author’s first name, surname, city
and country of birth, and the city and country in which he or she
currently resides. The maximum word length of each message or
question will be 1,000 characters (spaces included). The authors of
the emails selected will be notified in advance. The mayor’s answers
will be published in the print edition of The
Florentine, on The
Florentine website, and on the official
English-language website of the City of Florence
(http://en.comune.fi.it).
The Florentine reserves the right to edit and limit the questions and comments
selected and sent to the mayor. Easy-to-follow instructions on how to
submit your questions and comments to the column are available at
www.theflorentine.net.

 

There are many
English speakers in Florence. Florence is filled with English
speakers! Young people studying abroad at American universities,
tourists, foreign-born residents. This City embraces everyone –
Florence belongs to all who love it! It is for this reason that I
have asked The Florentine to grant me a column in which I can enter
into direct contact with you. We can use this column to meet one another freely; you
can write to me and tell me about how you ‘live’ the City; we can
talk about problems and concerns, you can suggest solutions. Because
Florence is also yours, whoever is charged with its administration
also has the responsibility of knowing your views on important
issues. I am convinced that it will be an enriching experience for
all of us. The Florentine is the ideal place for this initiative: it
is a top-quality, independent publication and the perfect medium to
foster open dialogue.

I await your
messages!

 

With best wishes,

Matteo

 

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