Agreed.I'd like to plant new trees in other areas rather than in Via Dante: the risk is to hide facades of the palaces and "ruin" the optical cone on Castello Sforzesco. However, we may consider new street furniture.
But at moment, I think that priority is a careful redevelopment of both Piazza Cordusio and Piazza Castello (still waiting for projects).
The 10 projects that were admitted at second phase of international competition should be unveiled soon. I hope that winner project is nice.We are still waiting for projects to arise from the competition which aims to redevelop Piazza Castello.
Not really Piazza Cordusio is changing slowly, with a mix of functions. We already know that a Starbucks store "Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room" (like the ones of Seattle and NYC) will open there, as well as other fashion brands like Uniqlo. Also there is the chance for luxury hotel. (see my previous posts: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4)With regards to Piazza Cordusio, I believe there has been some talk but nothing concrete.
I've already seen this article. I agree with you about the fact that Piazza Cordusio must change completely, but I don't think that we will have new tram lines like the ones in Bordeaux. However, we have to wait what new investors decide (see my post)I have attached an article which discusses this and considers a future where Piazza Cordusio is an extension of via Dante in terms of shopping and attraction. Another aspect that I do not like about Piazza Cordusio are the tram lines which hang above the square. The article makes reference to Place de la Comédie in Bordeaux, a square with only people and trams and where the trams do not require these lines therefore making it more appealing.