Milan is ready to have its New York-style High Line

Change of intended use in sight for the Monteceneri-Serra overpass, one of the main vehicular hubs of the city. There has been a lot of talk on the upper floors of the city administration about transforming the old bridge into a hanging garden in the style of the splendid New York High Line, but now the time is more ripe than ever.

A linear park

Here is what the High Line is in New York; an old disused railway line, former industrial construction of the early 1900s, completely transformed and returned to the citizens of the Big Apple in the form of a public park, with flower beds, plants of all kinds, benches to rest and a large area to run or go by bike.

Linear because it stretches for about 2 kilometers, accessible via elevated stairs in numerous points, but it takes about half an hour to travel it all, a time that can even become several hours to stop to take pictures and enjoy Manhattan from a privileged building.

Here, this is exactly what is being discussed in Milan with the Monteceneri-Serra overpass: making it a park inserted in an urban context, where citizens can walk, run or cycle in complete safety, enjoying a unique panorama of the city. admiring it from a completely different perspective.

The steps to follow

Of course, there are many steps to take to transform the Monteceneri-Serra overpass into a park, and they will also take a long time. To begin with, the road artery of the western area of Milan born at the end of the 1950s, should be eviscerated by vehicular traffic, and therefore alternative routes should be created, managing in other ways the traffic of the city, which at peak times can be really backbreaking.

The municipality, after a motion by the Forza Italia councilor Alessandro De Chirico, will have to take an important decision, as the Monteceneri-Serra overpass closed to traffic implies that the municipality must carry out “a study on the viability to understand traffic flows and possible alternatives. road systems “.

Assuming that all this is possible in a short time, diverting traffic to other arteries in the area, at that point work should begin, which would certainly last several years. We also remind you that it is the Environment and Territory Mobility Agency (AMAT) that will have to carry out a study on traffic in the section affected by the provision.

The conclusion

According to councilor De Chirico, “Milan is not yet ready for a New York-style highline“. However, we are on the right track, on the other hand the first step has been taken, the desire to amaze in Milan never fails, and the green turning point of recent years seems to suggest that the next projects of the Lombard metropolis will all be related to public green. and eco-sustainability. Could this be the right time for Italy to be positively inspired by the United States?

The alternative

Via Melchiorre Gioia, Milan, behind the Pirelli skyscraper and luxury hotels such as the Hilton and the Hyatt Centric. A stone’s throw from Bosco Verticale, with 2 underground stops: Sondrio and Gioia. This is where, according to the project of architect Stefano Boeri and architect Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scorfidio + Renfo, which redesigns the Porta Nuova area, a futuristic suspension bridge that will change the mobility of the area forever.

In the section concerned, Via Gioia will see the number of lanes reduced from 6 to 4, and cycle paths and trees will be added. The suspension bridge will have the effect of a greenhouse, with a glass cover, to highlight the resistance to climate change, which is increasingly gripping our planet and especially the metropolises of the future.

Together with the nearby Bosco Verticale, the area will become greener and greener. Elizabeth Diller, among other things, is the creator of the New York High Line, a sign of a continuity between the two metropolises that knows no boundaries.

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