A city for people welcomes all. It is accessible, inclusive, safe and engaging and promotes health and wellbeing, participation and social justice. A city for people has political, religious and intellectual freedom that nurtures a rich and dynamic culture. It respects, celebrates, and embraces human diversity. People of all ages and abilities feel secure and empowered in a city for people. Streets, buildings and open spaces are alive with people.
Future Melbourne 2008
There was a large amount of discussion about creating A city for people. Most commonly, better places and spaces designed to meet citizens’ needs, regardless of their physical ability or background were desired. How to achieve this garnered a lot of comment on the use of planning rules and the outcomes that result from quality urban planning and design. Retention of architecture and the preservation of heritage were two common themes, with people wanting high quality buildings, and spaces, that meet people’s needs.
Within a well-formed city, people want a well-supported and nurturing community based on strong social networks. They want a place to bring up families, supported by good jobs. People desire an inclusive community which respects and celebrates the city’s cultures. This also means everyone having equitable access to the city and feeling welcome. The large number of statements about homeless people reflected a range of opinions on how to approach this urban issue.
The many comments about open public spaces in Melbourne were predominantly focussed on people’s desire for more green or natural space in the city. People seek greenspace to counter the negative effects of the built environment (i.e. the ‘concrete jungle’) and deliver benefits such as better health and areas to recreate and relax.
Reduction in health risks through reduced smoking and drug risks were commonly discussed, along with detailed ideas explored on the support and treatment for mental health sufferers. Improving public health through quality food availability and access to physical activity were also commonly discussed topics.
There was concern expressed for the state of infrastructure in the city, with sustainable solutions significantly discussed. Improving and the quality of community facilities was important to many people, with a range of requests for more and better recreational facilities as well as improved public places and amenities. Accommodation affordability was also an important issue for many.