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San Lazzaro di Savena

San Lazzaro di Savena is a neighbouring municipality of Bologna and is part of its Metropolitan Area. It encompasses about 32 000 inhabitants and its extension is about 44 km2. Its territory is composed half by flat land in the North and half by hilly land in the South, which is protected by a natural park. Watercourses such as the Savena creek, after which the town was named, flow through the town. The northern area of the city is crossed by an historical road dating back to Roman times called "via Emilia", which leads to the centre of Bologna.

The Municipality of San Lazzaro di Savena is strongly oriented to territorial policies in limiting land consumption in compliance with European land use planning guidelines. This new paradigm for urban growth is strongly committed by an ongoing legislative system in the Emilia Romagna region whose aim is to achieve “no net land take” by 2050.     

Accordingly, San Lazzaro di Savena has recently signed an agreement to implement the urban renewal program in “KID Campus”, an existing multifunctional area located in the city centre. KID Campus will host different functions and places: education with schools, sports with a stadium, a swimming pool, gyms and football fields and culture with a theater. Local, regional and national contributions will finance the first phase of the implementation; the Municipality will then turn to public-private partnerships and innovative financial tools for next phases.

Simultaneously, the Municipality of San Lazzaro di Savena is working on intergenerational participation as an added value to urban planning processes. KID Campus regeneration program started therefore with the contribution of local community through a participatory process whose main aim was to maximize opportunities offered by cultural diversity and social cohesion during the whole implementation of the program. The experience of the Municipality in this field comes from “Kid’s City Council”, an internal administrative body composed by elected representatives of young generations that works among the Municipality since 1997. The Kid’s City Council regularly meets to give voice to proposals from the new generations on local issues.

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