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One way to make public spaces belong to the public again is to buy back the space that's been sold out to private interests. Our cities are more than markets.

One way to make public spaces belong to the public again is to buy back the space that's been sold out to private interests. Our cities are more than markets.

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The best place to inspire are within the common spaces. Loosening regulation surrounding our public spaces would allow people understand that they are able to shape the streets they live on.

The best place to inspire are within the common spaces. Loosening regulation surrounding our public spaces would allow people understand that they are able to shape the streets they live on.

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The lack of youth employment doesn't depend on a lack of demand of services, but rather on financial limitations in the economy. The next step needed might need to be building the infrastructure for a complementary economy of service exchange.

The lack of youth employment doesn't depend on a lack of demand of services, but rather on financial limitations in the economy. The next step needed might need to be building the infrastructure for a complementary economy of service exchange.

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David commented on Experience to create

I like this idea too, though I'm unclear about how it's geared towards young people. There was another idea looking at getting kids connected with growing food, maybe they could also play a key role in adding some inspiration to the menu, or that produce could be directly sourced from these gardens.

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David commented on LET'S TALK

Ah, I love that there's a database, and it looks as though it's spreading to other cities. It surprises me that there is more diversity in ownership than there is here where it's either a monopoly or a cartel situation. Maybe that's not really the case though it appears so at first glance.
To continue my thoughts from before, a billboard with a 'strategic' location in a community (either around a transport hub, or market area) could be funded by interested parents, schools, or organizations from a surrounding radius in a handful of areas as a pilot and see to what degree it engages the kids and what impact it has in the neighbourhood. As i mentioned before, i really feel that the crucial link to make is to get kids to understand that they can affect and change those spaces. That seeming wall of advertising could be changed by an engaged network of citizens.

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David commented on LET'S TALK

Do you mean there's a database/map of these types of billboards? I'd love to document that. 700 dollars isn't a lot compared to what we've been looking at here, but it's still a surprising amount of money to have a message lit up for a month. But I guess if you got 140 parents to pay 5 bucks for the month, you'd have a neighbourhood control their own 'advert'