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A mas­sive ur­ban re­de­vel­op­ment scheme has changed the face of the Cen­trale district

For sev­eral years, the Cen­trale district, which in­cludes the Stazione Cen­trale and Pi­azza Repub­blica, has been un­der­go­ing a mas­sive ur­ban re­de­vel­op­ment. By

The vast area en­com­pass­ing Mi­lan’s Stazione Cen­trale, as we know it to­day, is the re­sult of nu­mer­ous ur­ban re­de­vel­op­ment projects, be­gin­ning in 1931, and the work is on­go­ing. Although it was built only twenty years ear­lier, the sta­tion was be­lieved to be in­ad­e­quate, due to its mon­u­men­tal ar­chi­tec­tural style, a mix­ture of Lib­erty and Art Decò, and its lack of easy ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the plat­forms which were lo­cated above street level. Since then, the sta­tion has been re­mod­eled sev­eral times. And now, more than a cen­tury later, the face of the sta­tion as we now know it con­tin­ues to change thanks to the con­tin­u­ous open­ings of new shops, busi­nesses and ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces. Over the past few years, the area’s re­con­ver­sion has in­cluded the open­ing of the Holo­caust Me­mo­rial in an area un­der the rail­way tracks, where mail was once loaded and off­loaded and where, be­tween 1943 and 1945, hun­dreds of de­por­tees, most of them Jewish, were crammed into cat­tle trucks and trans­ported to death camps (www.memo­ri­aleshoah.it). Other restora­tions in­clude the pres­ti­gious Ex­cel­sior Ho­tel Gal­lia, a five-star Art Decò prop­erty lo­cated next to the ho­tel; the re-open­ing of the Magazz­ini Rac­cor­dati, five pre­vi­ously aban­doned in­dus­trial ware­houses lo­cated un­der the vaults of the tracks in via Fer­rante Aporti which, for the past two years, have been used to host ex­hi­bi­tions and in­stal­la­tions dur­ing De­sign Week. In the fu­ture, a sec­tion of these ware­houses will prob­a­bly be trans­formed into a food mar­ket, like the one found at Rome’s Ter­mini sta­tion, while an­other part could be­come the per­ma­nent head­quar­ters for events and ex­hi­bi­tions. In ad­di­tion to the re­de­vel­op­ment of the district sur­round­ing the rail­way hub, plans are also un­der­way to re­vamp the vast area re­cently re­named ‘Zona Cen­trale’. If you want to be hip, head a few kilo­metes north and explore Nolo (the ab­bre­vi­a­tion of ‘North of Loreto’, New York style), Mi­lan’s new trendy mul­ti­cul­tural area, the favourite haunt of young cre­ative en­trepreneurs. www.mi­lanocen­trale.it

Stazione Cen­trale

Shoah Me­mo­rial of Mi­lan

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