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Deep and persistent racism, segregation, disinvestment and devaluation have created chasms in health equity, economic mobility and overall outcomes for communities across America, especially low-income communities and communities of color. As communities turn increasing attention to infrastructure and recovery there is an urgent and unprecedented opportunity to encourage practitioners, policymakers and funders to consider the importance of public spaces in driving outcomes to improve equity and shared prosperity as these critical investments are made. This guide provides background on inequity, segregation and the built environment equity and actions that can be taken to improve equity, shared prosperity and investment in the public realm. Case study examples are provided to reinforce the calls to action.

Keywords: public spaces, policy, funding, equity, case studies, policy, history, human health, economic vitality, human health

Donald Taylor-Patterson, George Abbott, Paul Bauknight, Alexa Bush, Kyle Kutuchief, Bridget Marquis


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