Public space is a vital part of everyday urban life.
The streets we pass through on the way to school or work, the places where children play, the local parks in which we enjoy sports, walk the dog and sit at lunchtime comprise the most essential part of our surroundings. In other words, public space is our open-air living room. It is our outdoor leisure centre.
This report shows how cities in the UK and around the world have received far-reaching economic, health and social benefits from making the best of their public spaces.
“We are the fourth wealthiest nation in the world, and yet we have chosen for a long time to dress ourselves in rags. As a society we seem now to accept the poverty of our streets and spaces.” ~ Sir Stuart Lipton, Chairman, CABE