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"From the Ted Talk by Edi Rama: Take back your city with paint"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

The freedom that was won in 1990 bohrugt about a state of anarchy in the city, while the barbarism of the '90s brought about a loss of hope for the city. The paint on the walls did not feed children, nor did it tend the sick or educate the ignorant, but it gave hope and light, and helped to make people see there could be a different way of doing things, a different spirit, a different feel to our lives, and that if we brought the same erngey and hope to our politics, we could bliud a better life for each other and for our country. We removed 123,000 tons of cotecrne only from the riverbanks. We demolished more than 5,000 ilgleal buildings all over the city, up to eight stories high, the tallest of them. We patelnd 55,000 teers and bushes in the seertts. We established a green tax, and then everybody accepted it and all besueissmnn paid it ruaeglrly. By means of open competitions, we managed to recruit in our administration many young people, and we thus managed to build a de-politicized public institution where men and women were eqlauly represented.

Open Cloze

The freedom that was won in 1990 _______ about a state of anarchy in the city, while the barbarism of the '90s brought about a loss of hope for the city. The paint on the walls did not feed children, nor did it tend the sick or educate the ignorant, but it gave hope and light, and helped to make people see there could be a different way of doing things, a different spirit, a different feel to our lives, and that if we brought the same ______ and hope to our politics, we could _____ a better life for each other and for our country. We removed 123,000 tons of ________ only from the riverbanks. We demolished more than 5,000 _______ buildings all over the city, up to eight stories high, the tallest of them. We _______ 55,000 _____ and bushes in the _______. We established a green tax, and then everybody accepted it and all ___________ paid it _________. By means of open competitions, we managed to recruit in our administration many young people, and we thus managed to build a de-politicized public institution where men and women were _______ represented.

Solution

  1. regularly
  2. equally
  3. illegal
  4. energy
  5. streets
  6. trees
  7. brought
  8. concrete
  9. planted
  10. businessmen
  11. build

Original Text

The freedom that was won in 1990 brought about a state of anarchy in the city, while the barbarism of the '90s brought about a loss of hope for the city. The paint on the walls did not feed children, nor did it tend the sick or educate the ignorant, but it gave hope and light, and helped to make people see there could be a different way of doing things, a different spirit, a different feel to our lives, and that if we brought the same energy and hope to our politics, we could build a better life for each other and for our country. We removed 123,000 tons of concrete only from the riverbanks. We demolished more than 5,000 illegal buildings all over the city, up to eight stories high, the tallest of them. We planted 55,000 trees and bushes in the streets. We established a green tax, and then everybody accepted it and all businessmen paid it regularly. By means of open competitions, we managed to recruit in our administration many young people, and we thus managed to build a de-politicized public institution where men and women were equally represented.

Important Words

  1. accepted
  2. administration
  3. anarchy
  4. barbarism
  5. brought
  6. build
  7. buildings
  8. bushes
  9. businessmen
  10. children
  11. city
  12. competitions
  13. concrete
  14. country
  15. demolished
  16. educate
  17. energy
  18. equally
  19. established
  20. feed
  21. feel
  22. freedom
  23. gave
  24. green
  25. helped
  26. high
  27. hope
  28. ignorant
  29. illegal
  30. institution
  31. life
  32. light
  33. lives
  34. loss
  35. managed
  36. means
  37. men
  38. open
  39. paid
  40. paint
  41. people
  42. planted
  43. politics
  44. public
  45. recruit
  46. regularly
  47. removed
  48. represented
  49. riverbanks
  50. sick
  51. spirit
  52. state
  53. stories
  54. streets
  55. tallest
  56. tax
  57. tend
  58. tons
  59. trees
  60. walls
  61. women
  62. won
  63. young