Preserving the vast history with the city of Rome has been a large part of city's development decisions in modern times.
ROMAN FORUM. The southward settlement expansion of the city has until recent years, been held back due to the placement of the Forum and other related Roman Empire ruins. Until the last 50 years, development past those ruins was considered too isolated from the city for ideal habitation. (Karabenick, 1963)
Traffic congestion and air pollution are major problems in modern Rome. The vibrations from traffic and the pollution are endangering the city's fragile historic sites. Vehicles are now restricted from accessing the historic center during certain times of day and days of the week.
APPIA ANTICA PARK. Rome's present day efforts to preserve open space is also a joint project in historic preservation in many areas of the city as well.
Appia Anitca - the Appian Way road of ancient Rome - was placed under protection in 1988 after citizens and environmentalists fought for its preservation.
"A territorial system unparalleled in the world in terms of its
historical-archaeological and landscape value...this green wedge reaches to the city centre, and, being contiguous with the Alban Hills, it represents a biological
corridor for numerous animal species." (Parco Regionale, 2012)