Concentrated poverty, segregation, and other geographic inequalities mean that the potential benefits of public space are not shared equally by everyone, and the right to the city is rarely enjoyed by all. Placemaking can either reinforce these disparities or intentionally work to break them down.
The issues associated with gentrification are not going anywhere anytime soon. As long as people are looking for more affordable housing, close to city centers, with neighborhood amenities, the process will continue. So how do we manage its persistence?
Young people use public spaces just as much as anyone else, if not more. And yet, too often young people, or young adults between the ages of 12 to 25, are not included in the process of Placemaking and end up "loitering" in other spaces. The following are just a few of the successful examples from around the world where young people were involved in Placemaking.
Latino Placemaking goes beyond creating great public spaces. It also includes cultural identity, which is shaped by needs, desires, and imagination. The Latino quest for cultural identity parallels the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, which has its genesis in protests - many of which were carried out in public spaces.