I've written several replies to your post but then deleted them. It is very difficult knowing what to say or how to say it. It is incredibly sad what happened in L'Aquila. It is incredibly sad that the building authorities let people down. It's sad too that the legal system grinds on and on regarding prosecutions. The frustration of residents is perfectly understandable but the type and sheer scale of the work required does not lend itself to quick fixes. Earthquakes have always been a part of life for the Abruzzesi as have the creation of 'new towns' even during the Middle Ages. They will overcome it because they have before. Seismic resistant buildings, even better wooden ones, are the way forward as they have been for other parts of the world where this quake would have come to very little. The difficulty is making such buildings fit in with the environment, otherwise we all lose one of the things we love about Abruzzo.its supposed to start in piazza d'armi.. the money is in place but the comune has delayed things.. there are a few stalwarts who attend the piazza del duomo.. but so few to make it not worth a visit..
anyway there will be one but it will be in a new place and there are protests going on now against the comune to speed up the new square.. which will have not only the market place but a theatre too
the problem as always is the continued tremors which make everyone nervous as regards the historic centre.. moving the market is the only option really as the projected time for rebuilding the old centre areas is ten years.. and when you consider the damage and the fact that its a restoration project.. rather than a straight build then you can understand that the time scale is quite quick.. if the heart of L'Aquila will survive the wait is a question that many people pose but i think it will be built as a better city with much more to it and in ten years am sure everyone will be back in the restored old centre whilst the newer areas add a dimension to the city which it never had before..
one of the main problems with the rebuild is the legal problems associated with the collapse in a city that had regulations that were ignored.. many of the engineers and comune technicians are now under examination for their role in the collapse.. who do you trust there when they all.. well the majority of the people who are working on projects are the same that approved the ones where we all know the majority of the problems were avoidable
to my mind one of the best ways of keeping up with how the people are trying to get things moving is via facebook.. many initiatives and lots of info that is current.. lots of anger and anguish too.. a proud people that need all of our support