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Social Sustainability, Diversity, and Public Space in Three Canadian Cities

Social Sustainability, Diversity, and Public Space in Three Canadian Cities

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

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The project used participatory research to examine how well urban public spaces are actually meeting the needs of diverse communities in Canada, and how planning for social sustainability and diversity might better address the needs of a diverse urban populace. The project involved diverse low-income communities in Montreal, Toronto, and Calgary that explored their experiences and perceptions of public space, mapped the opportunities and barriers they encountered within the city, and articulated what needs to change to promote a more equitable and sustainable urban future.

Researcher: PI: Barbara Rahder, Co-PIs: Liette Gilbert, Ranu Basu, Susan McGrath, and Patricia Wood

Project Theme: Urban Planning

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