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Safe in Public Space Initiative

Photographed in Parkdale, a man protects his face twice by covering it with a face mask and a face shield. In these times, maintaining a normal life and carrying on with a routine takes courage and resilience. How do you work around fear to start leading a somewhat normal life as we transition into life post-quarantine? Photo: Ebti Nabag.

Photo: Ebti Nabag. Photographed in Parkdale, a man protects his face twice by covering it with a face mask and a face shield. In these times, maintaining a normal life and carrying on with a routine takes courage and resilience. How do you work around fear to start leading a somewhat normal life as we transition into life post-quarantine?

Safe in Public Space is a multifaceted initiative that aims to broaden the definition of public safety to address new public health challenges presented by COVID as well as systemic inequities, and ensure that there is a shared social contract governing public space access and use.          

How do we define public safety and for whom? Where are safety and accessibility at odds, and how can those conflicts lead to new creative solutions that reshape public space and give people the confidence to re-engage in the city without anxiety?

Through creative experiments on The Bentway’s physical and digital sites; images, ideas, writings, and dialogues from a diversity of collaborators; a new Public Space Fellowship program; and in-depth community consultations, Safe in Public Space aims to arrive at shareable learnings and best practices for spaces city-wide, as well as specific safety commitments for the future of The Bentway.