How Bogota's #BRT is an example of including #social planning from the start. @embarqnetwork

Large-scale policy decisions have far-reaching social impacts, while small-scale urban design choices can influence individuals’ interactions with one another. For example, neighborhoods in the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, with its history of sectarian division , contain areas that are the marked territory of either Protestant and Catholic communities. Even the smallest details – like which side of the sidewalk one walks on, the colors of flagstones, the direction from which one enters a building – can be powerful delineators of territory and ethnic identity. In one case, a developer who wanted to build a housing complex for younger tenants with less exposure to sectarianism hired anthropologists to ensure the development met this goal. The developer tasked these social scientists with exploring the ways that street features and individuals’ movements in particular s...

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