Rogoredo

Work in progress | 2019-present

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The Rogoredo district, in the south-east of Milan, has been for some years one of the largest heroin and cocaine market places in Europe. During the spring and summer of 2019, the hustle and bustle around the train station and the nearby “boschetto” (the grove)–where, besides buying, people would use, and even camp–became so conspicuous that it began to attract considerable media attention. Things changed the following autumn, due to some massive law enforcement interventions. For a few months, trade went on in the other two dealing areas–on the dead track that runs alongside the grove, and under the ringroad bridges–but intermittently and with much lesser turnout. With the beginning of the new year and the Covid-19 pandemic, the business shrank even further. The farmhouse on Via Orwell, where many used to sleep, is now empty. Rogoredo's problems seem eventually solved, while the predicament of drug-addicted people is still the same. They simply moved elsewhere, where they are no news anymore.

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