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1. What makes you happy in this city?

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Local

Milan is the fog at Darsena. Milan is the cold light on its winter afternoons at Navigli. It is its bookstalls and its charming contradictions. Finally, Milan is a city for cycling on the wrong side of the road and bending the rules.

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Visitor

Watching people on the streets makes me very happy. I’m a curious person and Milan is full of aesthetic experiences and elegance. People from Milan take special care of themselves, from the teenage fashion victim to the old lady that doesn’t leave her house unless she’s been to the hair salon.

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2. WHAT INSPIRES YOU IN THIS CITY?

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Local

Milanese people on the metro have always interested me. These people go to work in the morning and go back home at the night. On the metro you can see who dozes a bit or who devours a good book. Sometimes I wonder how many stories its underground seats could tell us, how many people brush hands in its cars, and how many eyes dart around to avoid meeting someone else’s. It is a perfect mirror of the city, full of romantic and decadent uncertainties.

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Visitor

Multicultural districts like via Paolo Sarpi and Via Padova, where you can find people from all over the world, listen to a mix of languages and feel different lifestyles mixing. These are precious inputs for my work and for my creative insights.

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3. WHAT WORKS FOR YOU VERY WELL IN THE CITY?

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Local

In the 19th century during the Industrial Revolution, Turin, Genova and Milan were the most important industrial cities in Italy. In that period, their dynamic mood increased and they became the country’s business core. Milan is a city which dreams of its progress and wants to tell about its past through a mixture of lights and architecture.

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Visitor

With over six million tourists per year, Milan is one of the most visited Italian cities. The city is always alive and will haunt you with its beauties and attractions. The daily contact between people from different places creates strong nodes for cultural growth.

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4. WHAT WOULD YOU DO BETTER?

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Local

Milan is a city to visit by bicycle. Unfortunately, in the last years there has been few and badly organized improvements in cycling paths. I would like to have new bike paths as well as new bike sharing stations near the metro and railway stations.

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Visitor

I would definitely like to have more pedestrian areas in the city. I believe pedestrianization makes people more kind and relaxed and pushes people to socialize in a different way. Pedestrian spaces give a great variety of opportunities for human-powered vehicles such as bicycles, inline skates, and skateboards. This means more space for people.

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5. HOW WOULD YOU DO IT BETTER?

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Local

Central Milan needs a bit of a green touch and new spaces for human presence. People will then naturally re-appropriate the auto-free zones created.

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Visitor

Daniele took this photo in the Porta Ticinese neighborhood. What would I do better? Some more freedom for the bikers and more cycling infrastructure–like marked lanes, tracks, shoulders and paths designated exclusively for cyclist use.

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