Nestled among the multiethnic via Padua and the ferment of via Giacosaa street fully incorporated into the renewed vivacity of what is now the new neighborhood of Nolo (chic acronym for English To the north of Loreto), the Trotter Park seeks its own identity. Hippodrome from 1800 to 1920, then a boarding school for “fragile” children at risk of tuberculosis, today the green lung of City Council 2 there are many things: a neighborhood school surrounded by trees, a municipal park open to the public during the school’s closing hours and, for a few days, even “motivated”.
This is the name of the new Community Point of The city aroundthe program of the Cariplo Foundation, in collaboration with the City Council of Milan, which aims to improve the quality of life and create “new geographies” of the city in unused spaces or in a state of decay involving the inhabitants of fragile urban contexts.
“Moved” at Trotter Park, the project
Getting back to a new life is the old Trotter Park boarding school, a complex of 2,400 square meters with 4 pavilions, a garden, orchards and a terrace which can be accessed from via Mosso, a not exactly idyllic corner of via Padua. To give soul to the structure will be the social cooperatives and cultural associations that since 2018 have met in the temporary business association to develop a “vision” that has materialized in “moved”.
Involved in leader-led social planning The Olinda factory (formerly responsible for the conversion of the former Paolo Pini Psychiatric Hospital in Milan), I am the Comin social cooperative that carries out educational interventions for children and families in difficulty, the Training Services Center that deals with the school and professional environment. training for adults at risk of exclusion, and the cultural associations Ludwig and Salumeria del Design.
Beyond politics and the correct attribution of planning, well represented in the ribbon-cutting by the Deputy Mayor of the City of Milan Anna Scavuzzoby the President of Cariplo Giovanni Fosti Foundationand by the President of The Olinda Factory, Thomas Emmenegger – to fully understand what will happen to the “moved” will have to wait a little longer. Surely it is now a bar open from 7.30 to 1.00 at night, furnished with the open source design of Enzo Mariwhere baristas and social workers work side by side at the counter, and a pizzeria where dough is prepared with semi-wholemeal artisanal flour and mother yeast.
The reused space, the show space, the shared kitchen that will also be used to prepare the dishes on the restaurant menu, which will soon be next to the pizzeria, and the spaces reserved for meetings and training are ready to use. Welcoming everyone to the social concierge where listening will be the priority because “Moved”its promoters say, “it is a multifaceted place, which investigates differences and shortens distances, where inclusion is the beginning of a path of growth and aspirations are skills to be formed every day.”
“Mosso” at Trotter Park, interview with Luca Rossetti
“Mosso is a place where a game of balance is needed because it is not thought of as a place that brings people together, but as a place that opens to two neighborhoods: via Padua on the one hand and Nolo on the other.” To put it bluntly Luca Rossetti who for the Comin cooperative is in charge of the planning and management of the relations of the transferred Community Point.
What is the logic that drives Comin’s activities to “move”?
“Carry out projects in the field of housing, security and social cohesion to carry out a dialogue between citizens, associations and local institutions, in this case the Municipality and the Municipality 2. We are already discussing with the Department of Participation in a collaboration agreement. because the “management” of the section of the Padua road in which it is included was transferred to be functional to a dialogue with those who live in this neighborhood whose problematic aspects also linked to security cannot be ignored “.
How will you work in this direction?
“Trying to be a bridge between the local comitism that is dedicated to these issues and the institutions to obtain concrete results that for us are not equivalent to militarizing the street, but to expand social and cultural activities in the courtyards and blocks of flats.”
Couldn’t this trigger a process of gentrification by embarrassing the residents you want to help?
“It simply came to our notice then. This is also a value, but we are trying to understand with the City Council what can be done to calm the rents. We would also like to launch European projects in private spaces that can address these issues. The two concepts we are working on are: urban regeneration and human regeneration because our goal is for those who already live in the neighborhood to continue living. Ours is a project designed not “for” the neighborhood, but “with” the neighborhood.