Urban Public Spaces

The William Penn Foundation has funded a new project titled “Synthesis of the Benefits and Costs of Urban Public Spaces” that I am co-leading with several colleagues, including Dr. Anneclaire De Roos (Drexel, School of Public Health), Dr. Patrick Gurian (Drexel, Environmental Engineering), Dr. Michelle Kondo (US Forest Service), and Dr. Yuki Kato (Georgetown, Sociology).

Our project will evaluate the state of the field on urban public spaces, with a focus on the economic, environmental, health, and social benefits and costs of urban public spaces. This research synthesis will highlight what is known about urban public space and will uncover key gaps in our knowledge. Our final report will inform academic, practitioner, and policy approaches to urban public space development, implementation, and management.