Genoa Fair “mutilated,” shopping malls will arrive

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fair-of-genoaGenoa loses a nice piece of nautical history: the city council of the Ligurian capital has approved a resolution on the urban redevelopment of some areas of the Genoa Fairgrounds, which will most likely be used as commercial areas. An almost obligatory choice, dictated by the debt incurred with BNL for about 19 million euros when building Pavilion B, entrusted to archistar Jean Nouvel.

THE AFFECTED AREAS
The resolution stipulates that Halls B and D will remain for fair use, along with other areas both on the sea and on land (i.e., those pertaining to the marinas under state concession). The remaining buildings (Pavilion C, the Palasport, which would apparently retain a sports purpose, the office building, and the former Nira building), on the other hand, will be converted, the document says, to residences, offices, hotels, private services, neighborhood businesses, and shopping centers.

THE CRISIS HAS BEEN FELT
On the other hand, Genoa’s vocation as an international nautical hub has been greatly reduced in recent years, thanks to the crisis that has affected the sector since 2008: this was also demonstrated by the last Boat Show, which was staged in a “reduced” mode both in time and space.

A PIECE OF THE CITY’S HISTORY
In continuity with the mercantile tradition that saw the Genoese present and first with their foundations throughout Europe, the Genoa Fair was established in 1956 to encourage the development of certain economic sectors crucial to the region, such as shipbuilding and floriculture. Animators of the project were Mayor Vittorio Pertusio and lawyer Giuseppe De Andrè, father of the great Fabrizio.

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