Urban Safety Policy Brief No.1/2020: Public Space and Urban Safety
Public space is an expression and reflection of society, and many key historical moments have happened in public space. These include global events such as the Arab Spring, and local actions such as the Defiance and Resistance Campaign against separate development and the Soweto Student Uprising. Quality public space can play important roles in transforming society, contributing to safety, wellbeing and sense of community, as well as improving local property values. This urban safety brief focuses on public open spaces like streets, pavements, parks, bus and taxi ranks, town squares, market areas, public sanitation and ablution facilities. People use public space to interact with each other and the environment, for social, economic, and cultural reasons, celebrations and entertainment, leisure, exercise, to move around the city and as sites of democratic action.
The SA Cities Urban Safety Reference Group’s Briefs Series is designed to distil the state of current knowledge on urban safety-related topics for a policy and planning audience. It is presented quarterly to the City Budget Forum and other key stakeholders.