Green is for everyone
Sustainable and just cities respond to the ecological crisis by developing greener infrastructure and services that are accessible to all urban dwellers. In these cities, a person’s disability, gender, class, race, age, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, to name just a few, are not barriers. Everyone has equal access to urban amenities, green infrastructure, mobility, job opportunities, housing, food and energy. Accessibility is not only a physical issue, such as access to public space, it is also an economic issue (e.g. affordability), a knowledge one (e.g. language used), a social one (e.g. homelessness) and a political one (e.g. transparency in decision-making).
Policies for accessibility to green spaces, Lyon & Nantes
In the City of Lyon (France) a new policy was introduced in 2019 that establishes a minimum of green space in new development, seeking to encourage urban renovations, protect natural areas and enhance heritage and urban functions, while improving housing affordability.
Improve the accessibility of public engagement processes
- Make planning and public engagement processes accessible by providing tailored and targeted facilitation in consultation events (e.g. interpreters for sign language, audiovisual interpretations, accessibility of spaces and platforms)...
Use planning, regulations and funding as tools for sustainable and affordable housing
- Make sustainable housing affordable and accessible using planning measures, regulations and funding to guide the direction of housing development. Possible actions include retrofitting social housing, incorporating social dimensions...