Mixing in Place

What You'll Learn

  • Understand the value of socioeconomically mixed, equitable public places.
  • Get ideas for activating public spaces in communities using design and planning strategies to attract diverse audiences to disadvantaged public spaces.
  • Learning about the key national research findings and demographic trends that inform planning that is inclusive.

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Over time, the neighborhoods we live in and the other spaces we share have become segregated by race and income. Higher-income residents may stick to private gyms for exercise while never stepping foot in their local rec center. Their reading habits may be entirely indulged via Amazon without ever stepping foot in the library down the street. What this creates is a two-tiered place system — privatized recreation, learning, and leisure for those who can afford it, and a public option for everyone else.

Historically, a society's ingrained biases regarding race and income — and who a space or neighborhood is designed for — reflect how that place is planned and designed. This course explores how to counteract this troubling trend by highlighting two very different case studies that are tackling this challenge head on and that share a similar strategic DNA.

From public pools in Philadelphia to the Mississippi riverfront in Memphis, explore strategies for creating public spaces that promote socioeconomic mixing, welcoming all residents and moving the needle toward diverse, welcoming, and inclusive cities.