Milano, soon a 15-minute city
The concept of the 15-minute city was born in Paris with the incumbent mayor Anne Hidalgo. It was soon appropriated by Milano and its administration, to redesign mobility and job flows in the post-Covid city. The idea, now that a significant portion of the city works from home, is to put residents in the condition of reaching everything they need, including municipal services, in the neighborhood they live with a 15-minute walk or slow bike ride. This change would make city neighborhoods more livable and sustainable, with decreased car mobility. The Municipality is thinking about developing coworking spaces to ease this transition, says labor alderwoman Cristina Tajani in a recent interview to Corriere della Sera. In fact, Mayor Sala is betting his re-election on developing Milano's peripheral but highly-populated neighborhoods according to the new urban plan oriented towards a polycentric city cabable of achieving the digital and green transition while practicing social inclusion.
Milano's bars and restaurants are open again
And Bild has noticed. In fact, the city of the aperitivo that gave Negroni to the world is open to sitting customers until 6pm (to be extended to 10pm in early March) with the starred chefs and deft cooks working for a tabled clientele of food lovers who have responded enthusiastically during the first weekend that Milano was in the yellow zone, which marks low pandemic risk and allows the resumption of many activities. In fact, museums (Brera!) and monuments (Duomo!) are open again, and you'll find that the Milanese are scrupulous about mask-wearing and health precautions. But let them eat at tables, all the better if outdoors. Soon it will be Sabato Grasso (Samedi Gras) in Milano (February 20) and unlike last year the carnival will be celebrated, albeit in a distancing form. Still, the municipal kindergartens are full of carnival masks and costume ideas abound, because Milano gets three extra days of carnival, something you can't really find anywhere else.
As future Olympic city, Milano is virtual hub for Global Sports Week
The world of sport gathered virtually for the annual Global Sports Week, took place last week across six future host cities of the Olympic and Paralympic Games last week. In Paris, the Eiffel Tower displayed a 30-hour live stream that incorporated broadcasts from Tokyo, Beijing and Dakar, and from the virtual hubs of Milan and Los Angeles. Holders of 51 Olympic and Paralympic medals were among more than 200 speakers. Other athletes on the program included football superstars Gerard Pique, Didier Drogba and Mikael Silvestre; tennis champions Justine Henin and Francesca Schiavone; NBA All-Star player Tony Parker and reigning World Cup ski queen Federica Brignone. Mayors Anne Hidalgo (Paris), Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles), Soham El Wardini (Dakar), and Giuseppe Sala (Milan), Vice Mayor of Beijing Zhang Jiandong and Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike each gave a message, presenting their vision for sports and Olympic Games in the future of their cities. The leaders of the organizing committees of Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022, Milano 2026, Dakar 2026 and Los Angeles 2028 also attended the initiative.