UN-Habitat’s research shows that well-functioning cities have around 50% of the surface area dedicated to public space. Unfortunately, few cities around the world meet this target. Lack of quality public spaces reduces urban quality of life, increasing crime, social tensions, health and congestion. Public space provides leverage to optimize urban performance – build safer and cohesive communities, reduce spatial inequalities, build local economies and bring nature back to the city.
“UN Habitat has been a strong partner through the 3 years of the Ocupa Tu Calle project by supporting the implementation of 21 urban interventions, giving more than 380,000 people access to quality public spaces.”
Mariana Alegre, 38, Coordinator, Ocupa Tu Calle