Resident engagement: This city is putting its people in charge of public space

"People everywhere have made seismic shifts in the ways they live, work, and play in cities over the past few years. And city leaders have responded in kind, taking unprecedented measures to answer what has become a universal question: What role do public spaces play in people’s lives today?

One of the most notable experiments on this front is taking place in Daegu, South Korea, where city leaders are enabling residents to answer that question for themselves. They’re doing so by piloting an Airbnb-like platform, called “Re:Permissioning the City,” that is designed to sidestep bureaucratic red tape and to put decisions around public space—whether it’s opening a pop-up restaurant or advertising on resident-run billboards—in the people’s hands."

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