“L’Isola che non c’e”, the project for the construction of a pedestrian area in Via Puglie, is now a reality. As part of the events of the European Mobility Week, the new pedestrian area via Puglie was inaugurated today, in the section between via Sicily and via Sardegna. The mayor Roberto Gualtieri cut the ribbon, in the presence of the councilors for mobility Eugenio Patanè, for agriculture, environment and waste cycle Sabrina Alfonsi, in school, training and work Claudia Pratelli and the president of the municipality I Lorenza Bonaccorsi.
A story that began in 2007
A history that began in 2007 with the pedestrianization arranged by the council of the then mayor Veltroni, which ends today with the birth of a public space between two large school buildings, which divides over 2,000 students between the Regina Elena, Buonarroti and Licei Tasso. and Righi. It is a pedestrianization that is expected by the school community and strongly desired by the Municipality I and by the friends of ICRE – Istituto Comprensivo Regina Elena.
Via Puglie was a participatory planning that involved the administration and the school community. The name of the project was chosen by the children, who at the beginning of this long journey had designed a square, as they would like it, that they could welcome in and out and where they could carry out projects and activities. The Municipality of Rome I Centro also worked in collaboration with the Master Pares – Architectural Design for the Recovery of Historical Buildings and Public Spaces of the Sapienza University of Rome and the initiative was exhibited at the exhibition of the Biennial of Public Space 2019.
Let’s return a new agora to the citizens and especially to the students and their families
“We are returning to the citizens and especially to the students and their families a new agora, a usable, protected and safe space in a neighborhood that needs meeting places and relationships. We want to carry out similar projects throughout the territory, this pedestrianization is a model for many following other school routes, a way to conceive the city with new residential spaces, breaking down architectural barriers at the school entrances”, said the mayor Roberto Gualtieri. .
“These days – said Councilor Eugenio Patanè – as part of the European Mobility Week in many European cities, school roads like this one in via Puglie are being inaugurated, created to ensure the safety of students, pedestrians and the environment. In Rome we want carry out a lot in the coming years, for this reason the final revision of the feasibility studies related to the list of the other 79 schools are underway, at the end of which optimized solutions will be proposed for each of them “.
It was a beautiful day
“It was a beautiful day with the inauguration of a project that has been going on for many years and that I followed in different roles, first as a counselor for school policy, then as president of Municipio I and today of the Capitol. It is a pedestrianization of a school road, like others that we are planning, and it also gives the neighborhood that does not have spaces, a space to meet and sit, which in reality is already used for this purpose. We must create more and more pedestrian spaces , planting trees, decementing and bringing the city back to the citizen dimension”, explains the councilor Sabrina Alfonsi.
“After the long pandemic, in which we lost the opportunities to socialize, the re-appropriation of a public space where people can meet and be together is of enormous importance. In the case of via Puglie the added value is , that a school space. When schools open in the city, they do something extraordinary, because they contaminate the territory. This pedestrianization, which we celebrate today, is a great example of positive contagion in the city, “underlines the councilor Claudia Pratelli.