“L’Isola” (the island) is a former popular and working class district built at the end of the ninetenth century around Porta Nuova, close to the center of Milan. In recent years the district has undergone many changes becoming the new “place to be” while waiting for the Expo 2015. But unlike what happened in many other cities, the “Isola” district didn’t suffer a gentrification process that has forced elsewhere the old inhabitants to leave their houese. Here instead, a mix between past and present still exists and survives. In a single metropolitan area, craftsmen of excellence, vintage fashion boutiques, historical cultural spots, new passions and an associationist tradition, live and work in the shadow of the new skyscrapers designed by international archistars.