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Brookings Institution: Who Gets Access to Public Space in a Pandemic?

Thursday, May 7, 2020 • 2-3pm EST

As the COVID-19 pandemic preys on the stark income, health, and quality of life disparities between neighborhoods, this new reality is shining light on another long-standing disparity: inequitable access to safe public space.

Join Project for Public Spaces CEO Phil Myrick, alongside Carol Coletta (Memphis River Parks Partnership), Warren Logan (City of Oakland), and Jennifer Vey (Brookings Institution) as they discuss what role city leaders and public space managers can play in ensuring equitable access to safe open space now and in the future.

I feel that the questions you raised are important. Personally I feel that public space needs to be accessible by all in the public. It is hard to out-weigh the negative externalities on society by restricting access to public spaces in any circumstance. Access to our natural environment and habitat is essential to individual happiness and over all mental health especially in times where our typical social interactions might be limited due to social distancing and other restrictions.