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Communities Take Action: Countering Systemic Exclusion Through Public Space Planning

In rapidly growing large cities, communities of color, indigenous and low-income populations have regularly been disenfranchised from meaningful participation in city planning processes. Community-led groups, collectives, and non-profit organizations have filled this void and galvanized grassroots efforts in these often marginalized communities.

In this panel, we will hear from urban planners and activists from Chicago, Los Angeles, and Cape Town, on how poor mobility and improper city planning perpetuates poverty and inequality, and how public participation, engagement and dialogue is key to unlocking the true potential for city building and connectivity. Panelists will discuss how underrepresented communities have successfully organized and formed coalitions with cities to elevate their voices and be at the planning table.

Session Format:Visual presentations & Moderated Q&A