The Start City project has been designed to offer a positive and proactive contribution to the debate currently underway in the country in recognizing the benefits the success of Metropolitan Cities could bring to Italy as a whole.
The creation of the Metropolitan Cities could allow to emerge in the country poles of “critical mass” capable of being recognized on an international level (an essential aspect for attractiveness) and to compete, in terms of size and resources, with their international counterparts.
Every local system is called upon to be “smart”, flexible and fast, both in its strategic choices and its operational “infrastructure”. Therefore, what are needed are competitive strategies and solutions that guarantee continuity of action above and beyond the political-institutional mandates for governing the area.
Metropolitan Cities constitute the “backbone” of Italy and—through the functional and economic interrelationships with other non-metropolitan areas—contribute to the competitiveness of the nation and its local areas from a number of aspects.
Today, the majority of the world’s population lives in urban areas. The urban population surpassed the rural population in 2007 and urbanization processes continue to grow.
The Metropolitan Cities will contribute to institutional innovation and the social-economic improvement of the country. For this reason, ANCI, the National Association of Italian Municipalities, in partnership with Intesa Sanpaolo and in collaboration with The European House – Ambrosetti, has promoted the “Start City” to contribute to defining the general methodological and strategic guidelines for economic and social development.
Interview with Valerio De Molli, Dario Nardella and Piero Fassino for RAI 3 Toscana on the occasion of the Start City Forum held January 28-29 at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
RAI News 24: Valerio De Molli on the future of metropolitan cities, among which are Milan and Rome, that will become the cities of the future, including with problems related to public transport.
Event promoted by ANCI, the National Association of Italian Municipalities, in partnership with Intesa Sanpaolo
and in collaboration with The European House – Ambrosetti.
Palazzo Vecchio – Florence, Thursday, January 28, and Friday, January 29, 2016.
Over 60% of GDP is produced in urban agglomerations, with almost 90% of resources being consumed there. What will the space of Italian Metropolitan Cities be within this context?