The National, the English-language newspaper based in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, has devoted much space to Milan’s environmental transition.
It illustrates the 15-minute city approach, whereby Milan wants to create neighborhoods, where people can meet most of their needs within a short walk or bike ride from their homes, instead of travelling by car.
Researcher Chiara Bresciani, of the Municipality of Milan’s Department of Transportation, is quoted as saying that Area C, the congestion charge that car and van drivers have to pay to enter “cerchia dei bastioni” (the circle of old gates and ramparts that delimits the center of Milan) has reduced motorized traffic by 40 per cent.
Ms Bresciani says that the goal of the 15-minute city is to reconnect people with local neighborhoods and decentralize city life: “This vision of the city allows people to safely choose an active mode to reach their destination, which can be services, groceries, retail or co-working spaces. This will help to reduce unnecessary travel across the city to provide more public space, inject life into local high streets, strengthen the sense of community, promote health and well-being and improve city sustainability and liveability.”