New York City’s public realm exemplifies a nationwide trend of increasingly privatized and policed open space, often targeting the city’s most vulnerable residents: those experiencing homelessness. This session explores why homelessness exists and calls for a unified approach to NYC’s open spaces by creating an Office of the Public Realm.
Learn about the historical and policy-related factors in prevailing current ideas about those who are experiencing homelessness in the public realm.
Understand the lived experiences of people experiencing homelessness in their own words, and gain knowledge that can challenge stereotypes about who experiences street homelessness and why.
Explore the complex web of public and private organizations that manage NYC’s open spaces, and how it is related to increasing nationwide privatization of the public realm.
Gain strategies to advocate for inclusivity within the design process of privately-managed public open spaces in cities throughout the country.