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Safely Reopening America Requires Reinvesting in Public Spaces

“During a global pandemic when millions of people rarely leave their homes, our public parks, plazas, trails, greenways, and even sidewalks have become critical havens. In cities large and small, these public spaces are sustaining people in ways we couldn’t have imagined a few months ago. The importance of a robust, connected, and nature-rich public realm — a true civic commons — is clearer than ever.”

Read the op-ed from Dana Bourland (JPB Foundation); Sam Gill of (Knight Foundation); Judilee Reed (William Penn Foundation); and Chantel Rush (Kresge Foundation); published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy on the importance of reimagining our civic commons during this period of pandemic, climate change, systematic racism, and inequality. Their foundations are all key supporters of Reimagining the Civic Commons. Read more about U3’s work with Reimagining the Civic Commons here.