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How can a city create well-being for everyone?
Cities are incredibly efficient at using and deploying resources, with proper management even small or “poor” cities can provide a high quality of life for their citizens with relatively little effort. Therefore the city should make housing, transportation, healthcare, and primary education cheap or free to reduce inequalities and provide the same access to everyone. One city is not one city – it’s a multiple space with many different singular experiences: No space is going to fit everyone, but there has to be places for everyone (including safer spaces). So it is necessary to work in a micropolitical sphere, beyond the idea of identity and tags that define and represent the needs of a multiplicity of beings, human and non-human. To create well-being for everyone it should also be considered to ask everyone. For example by hosting discussions and dialogs and different kinds of workshops. The outcomes could be analyzed with the help of interdisciplinary mediators in order to realize the ideas and support the self-organization of citizens. If the city puts more trust and public funding in self-organization, the non-commercial public realm could foster encounters and assemblies. Well-being will not be created by policing. A basic income and lower working hours could support the idea of active citizenship and the right to stay (in the city center) should not be linked to a person's financial situation. All in all it needs sensitive, diverse and accessible structures and processes for community resilience to thrive.
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