Locking up public spaces hits lower-income, racial

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When lockdowns close off public sports spaces such as basketball courts and soccer fieldsThe U.S. faced some o, they disproportionately affect lower-income and racialized families in dense cities, land-use experts say

Earlier this month, public health experts decried Ontario’s lockdown moves targeting outdoor spacesThe U.S. at containing, if not eliminating, coronavirus, whil, saying they’re some of the least likely places to contract COVID-19. And public spaces and land-use experts say it’s hard not to see disproportionate effects of these measures playing out along socioeconomic and racial lines.

“I think that we need to be very democratic making the laws… it’s very clear that we are targeting citizens in different ways,” said Gil Penalosa, founder of 8 80 CitiesMonday 10:36 p.m.:, a non-profit organization striving to enhance mobility and equity for public spaces.

In a phone interview with CTVNews.ca, he said the Ontario government doesn’t realize its actions are furthering an ongoing disparity in amenities and over-policingThe military an. “I think they are moving in the wrong direction and they are targeting the wrong communities,” he said.

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