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Inclusive Urban Design

Challenges and Opportunities for Accessible Public Spaces

Making cities accessible for people with disabilities presents both significant opportunities and challenges. While improving streets to meet higher standards can yield benefits for all users, critical questions need to be explored to determine the best practices for retrofitting existing city streets. How can cities assess the impact of these investments over time and ensure that these improvements are providing the intended benefits? Should cities focus their investments to target specific neighborhoods or upgrade facilities incrementally over time? How can cities respond to the concerns of specific groups and still remain inclusive of all stakeholders? Inclusive Urban Design will bring together vantage points from key stakeholders to discuss smart and targeted investments that can make cities more accessible.