The future of Milan. The virtual meetings on the web organized by the Milano Vapore Association, which began last December, have the aim of placing the relaunch of the city at the center of the Milanese debate, which plays an important role at international level for its history, its culture, its museums and its artistic heritage: a crucial role in the recovery of the country’s cultural and economic fervor, once the current emergency has been overcome. The first webinar, on the theme of urban public transport, was introduced last Thursday by the lawyer. Giampaolo Berni Ferretti (President of the Milano Vapore Association).
In the coming weeks, other topics of particular interest will be addressed: from public parks and the importance of greenery, to the revolution brought about by the pandemic in the world of work, with the massive adoption of smart working, without neglecting the aspects linked to the increase in use of the web by companies. Other topics will be the agricultural potential of Milan, the neighborhoods, fashion, design, finance, publishing, philanthropy, and much more.
Speakers of the webinar on urban public transport on January 28, 2021
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• Gabriel Meghnagi (President of Confcommercio’s associative networks),
• Professor Giorgio Goggi, (former Councilor for Traffic in the Giunte Albertini),
• Achille Colombo Clerici (President of Assoedilizia)
• Gianluca Pellegrini (Director of Quattroruote),
• Gianantonio Arnoldi (Vice-President of FNM Group),
• Fabrizio De Pasquale (President of the Forza Italia Group at the Municipality of Milan)
Moderator: Fausta Chiesa, journalist for Corriere della Sera
“If the appeal of a city in the world depends on numerous factors – primarily natural and cultural beauties, hospitality, food and wine, quality of life and therefore of services; in short, functionality and culture – it follows that the foreign visitor, satisfied, will not limit himself to providing his immediate economic contribution to the city economy by spending in hotels, restaurants, shops: but, once back in his country, he becomes the more effective ambassador by encouraging others to visit it. And we are not just talking about tourists: but also about entrepreneurs who see that city as the ideal place to invest ”. Achille Colombo Clerici, President of Assoedilizia, summarized the reasons for the development of a city – Milan – countless times cited as the engine of Italy in Europe and in the world and today seriously injured by the pandemic.
Giampaolo Berni Ferretti
“Urban traffic is a fundamental component of the livability of the city”. Per Giampaolo Berni Ferretti “Milan has gone from a management of urban traffic aimed at its fluidification and to a responsibility of the car manufacturers on the PM10 emission of the cars (ecopass), which there was, during the Giunte Albertini and Moratti, to a traffic management urban, with Pisapia and Sala, which especially in the light of the latest interventions with the construction, for example, of cycle paths and for scooters from Corso di Porta Venezia to Sesto San Giovanni, delays and paralyzes, making motor traffic very heavy. Without that, despite the reduction in traffic due to the lockdown, the city and the region have recorded an appreciable reduction in pollution ”.
It is therefore a question of intervening: the circulation of the most polluting cars must be reduced as well as incentives for the less well-off to purchase greener cars and public transport. But not only: it is also a question of intervening on heating methods by extending the district heating networks on which Colombo Clerici and Berni Ferretti they agreed: so it happened – rare avis – that the majority and the opposition of the Municipality 1 voted in agreement.
Very interesting contributions also came from the other speakers. Arnoldi: the railway alliance Fnm-Trenitalia carries more passengers than in the rest of Italy. Goggi: in London and Paris cycle and pedestrian paths are being created on locations other than those used by car traffic and circular subways are rapidly connecting the suburbs to the metropolitan center. Pellegrini and De Pasquale: reserve cycle and pedestrian paths parallel to the high-speed arteries for secondary roads and extend the MM to the extreme and populous suburbs.
Closing the intervention, Colombo Clerici drew attention to the need for Milan and its region to think with higher perspectives: at the center, as they are, of a European logistics hub pivoting between two seas, the Mediterranean and the North, whose traffic is destined to increase exponentially , the European rail system Corridor 24 which in particular connects Genoa, Trieste, Venice on the Italian side with Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg. Central European countries, starting with Switzerland with AlpTransit, are in full swing in this sense. Italy must also hurry.
The Milano Vapore Association
The cultural and social initiatives of the Association this year focus on the city of Milan and on the indispensable innovations that cannot be renounced for the recovery. Moderator of the next webinars will still be Fausta Chiesa, journalist for the Corriere della Sera.
Milan Steam aims to promote the city of Milan as a place of business and meeting place, including international, for exchanges between different cultures and experiences in the fields of Free Time, Design and everything that is avant-garde and cultural experimentation at European level. According to the current statute, Milano Vapore pursues the object and purposes indicated below:
- Promote the “Culture” of free time in all its manifestations, both in the artistic and scientific, research, recreational, sporting, recreational and tourism promotion fields
- Promote consortium forms between clubs, associations and other legally recognized organizations
- Make proposals to public bodies, actively participating in decentralized forms of management of local power; Circumscriptions, District Committees, Street Associations. It avails itself of the patronage of local authorities and companies
- Promote charitable activities
- Promote the city of Milan as a place of business and a meeting place, including international, for exchanges between different cultures and experiences in the fields of Free Time, Design and everything that is avant-garde and cultural experimentation at European level