Cities for People

Cities for People

Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody. ~ Jane Jacobs

Cities for People aims to foster more inclusive, innovative and resilient cities. Cities for People began in 2014 as an experiment. Based on learning from the initial phase, it now focuses its efforts on four areas: 1) Increasing Social and Economic Equality; 2) Strengthening the Civic Commons; 3) Enabling City Labs; and 4) Supporting Urban Innovation Networks. A Cities for People platform provides coordination functions to facilitate learning and communications across the system. Through this platform it aspires to collectively advance change and create conditions for cities to be better equipped to meet the challenges of our times.

Cities for People supports a number of organizations and initiatives whose work complements its mission and expands the scope of its impact, including: Vibrant Communities Canada - Cities Reducing Poverty network; the Centraide Montreal Collective Impact Project to support new forms of neighbourhood revitalization; and Amplifier Montreal to collectively reimagine Montreal and contribute to city transformation. Cities for People also supports explorations into placemaking in Canada as a catalyst for change as part of a Canadian Civic Commons Strategy, as well as a National Housing Collaborative to identify and implement key policy levers to address pressing housing and homelessness challenges in our cities.

In spring 2016, Cities for People released a report on the Experimental Phase of the initiative. You can read it in full here.

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