Creating Cities for All.

We are a non-profit organization. We bring citizens together to enhance mobility and public space so that together we can create more vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities.

WHAT IS 8 80 CITIES?

We believe that if everything we do in our public spaces is great for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, then it will be great for all people.

OUR SERVICES

We don’t do boring. Work with us. Have fun again!

Our team can help your community’s streets and public spaces thrive.

Unconventional Engagement

Everyone has a voice, we provide the megaphone. Our expertise is in creating unconventional engagement strategies that get people informed, involved, and excited about new initiatives in their cities.

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Idea Labs

Changing cities starts by harnessing exceptional new ideas and taking action. That’s what 8 80 Idea Labs are all about. We will share our knowledge of best practices from cities around the world to generate new and exciting ideas and action plans for your community.

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Open Streets Planning

We are international experts in Open Streets design and implementation. ‘Open Streets’ are community-based programs that temporarily open selected streets to people, by closing them to cars. Streets become places where people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can come out and improve their health.

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Special Projects

We love to break the mold. That’s why we take on Special Projects- these are projects that go beyond our other services. Our Special Projects incubate new strategies and ideas to elevate people-centred urbanism. We develop these projects in collaboration with our partners and clients.

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FEATURED PROJECTS

This is 8 80 Cities in action.

The 8 80 concept is universal. From communities of 5,000 to 5 million, our projects always start at the same place; how do we meaningfully engage people in urban transformation.

“Every city should have a law of two words: pedestrians first”

– Gil Penalosa, Founder & Chair of the Board

Stories & Insights

From the world of 8 80 Cities.

Like cities we’re always evolving! Keep up to date with the latest stories and thoughts from 8 80.

  • Insight

    The Open Streets Project is partnering with the non-profit organization New Brunswick Tomorrow to deliver an educational Open Streets Study Tour in New Brunswick, NJ from October 6th – October 8th. The Study Tour will feature classroom sessions, networking opportunities, a behind the scenes tour......

  • Insight

    Emerging City Champions Ziba Zehdar and Amanda Zullo have also been busy after launching projects to make their cities more engaged, happy and beautiful. These young urban innovators have accomplished and learned a lot. Get to know them and their amazing projects. by Emma Jones, Jonathan von......

  • Insight

    By Zainab Abbasi Local businesses have a powerful role in driving neighbourhood change. During my first community engagement session since joining 880 Cities, I witnessed firsthand the bottom-up approach of the enthusiastic local business owners in a quiet St. Catharines neighbourhood to revitalize their street.......

  • Insight

    Bucky and Richard have been working on their ideas, and a year after launching projects to make their cities more engaged, happy and beautiful, they have accomplished a lot. Find out what what they’ve learned and where they’re going next. by Emma Jones, Jonathan von......

THE RESOURCE HUB

How can you make change in your community?

We’re working on an exciting new resource hub to help you bring the 8 80 concept to life in your community! In the meantime, explore the Doable City Reader to help you develop practical and affordable neighbourhood interventions in your community.

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