Nature-based and social solutions will benefit cities in low- and middle-income countries more than expensive cookie-cutter infrastructure projects and “smart cities" argue Susan Parnell and colleagues.
With green space equity, it’s all about proximity and quality
This piece first appeared on City Monitor on 15 October 2020.
Urban green spaces have faced a reckoning during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although long heralded for their community and social health benefits, parks took on a new sheen of necessity when public health officials recommended confining social activities to the outdoors. This renewed recognition also put back into focus a sometimes-dire consequence of imbalanced urban development: that cities are often defined by who has access to green space – whether personal or public – and who does not.
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