Poor People Need Public Spaces the Most

December 8, 2014 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

 

Parks, squares, sidewalks, transit, schools and community centers are commons that can be used by all.

The proliferation of autos, and the low social rank afforded anyone who doesn’t drive is an issue all across the developing world. Lisa Peterson, formerly with the New York-based Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) notes. “Cars are seen as status for people. Big, fast roads are seen as status for cities. That is still the idea of progress in many places.” ITDP and the Utrecht, Netherlands-based Interface for Cycling Expertise are two international organizations challenging this view by showing the benefits of better balanced transportation policies.

It’s easy to dismiss rising interest in public spaces as something that only the wealthy can afford to worry about. But take a look at any bustling place anywhere in the world—from the markets of Africa and Asia to the squares of Latin America to the street corners of Europe and North America—and you’ll find it’s poor people who depend on public spaces the most.

Read more HERE>> By Jay Walljasper, On the Commons.

 

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