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In 2015, the city of Riccione, approximately 130 kilometres (80 miles) southeast of Bologna, allocated an €11,000 budget to pay a wage to umarells to oversee worksites in the city – counting the number of trucks in and out to ensure materials were delivered/removed according to the receipts, and guarding against theft when the site was otherwise unattended.

This is brilliant. We should do more stuff like this -- acknowledge that it adds value, slip the person a few bucks.

Not to mention involving older people in active duties is great for their mental health.

True (I upvoted). The downside though in terms of being near a construction site is that particulate matter [0][1] (and even road based noise pollution [2]), is linked with cognitive decline.

[0] https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-11-forest-cars-power-fac...

[1] https://www.studyfinds.org/young-people-brains-air-pollution...

[2] https://www.studyfinds.org/busy-roads-alzheimers-risk/

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