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Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you a pedestrians first plan in Kansas City, Tinder for planning and how on a day of protest, every city belonged to its pedestrians. 

Protest space and pedestrians 
January 21, 2017 marked a historic day of protest with the Women’s March. People took to the streets in cities across the globe and on that day every city belonged to its pedestrians. (via New York Magazine)

Kansas City puts walking first
When Kansas City policy makers were looking for ways to spend an $800 million infrastructure bond, the advocates at BikeWalkKC were making the case to target things that would benefit residents most: street safety upgrades, investment in the city’s woeful sidewalks, and repairs instead of road expansions. The city listened and rather than widening roads, it put investments in sidewalks, bike lanes, and accessibility improvements for people with disabilities.  (via Streets Blog)

Tinder for cities?
Tinder for urban planning might sound far-fetched, but it is already being trialed in the sun-kissed Californian city of Santa Monica. City authorities are trying to gauge public opinion on everything from street furniture and parking, to murals and market stalls for their forthcoming urban plan, using a digital tool modeled on a dating app. (via The Guardian )

Photo by Ryan from Flickr CC

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