The Doable City Reader. Chapter 2: Hidden Assets

A new insight is emerging throughout cities of all sizes around the world: our cities are full of underutilized spaces that, if put to better use, could make the public realm greater for everyone. This is especially critical in a time when there is a greater need for more and better public spaces in our cities than ever, and budgets are ever tighter. We have assets everywhere — we just need to look at our cities a little differently to see them.

The second chapter of the Doable City Reader— a resource for any and all people who want to make change in their cities—offers ways to transform underutilized spaces.

The Doable City Reader was developed out of the June 2014 Chicago Doable City Forum, which brought together two hundred civic innovators from around North America. Inside, you’ll find stories, examples and case studies of small actions that can scale up to make our cities happier, healthier and more prosperous places. Each chapter contains resources and ideas to bring these solutions to your communities.

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