Open Public Spaces a Good Avenue for the Development of Slum Dwellers

According to Wikipedia; “A public space is a social space that is generally open and accessible to people” it is therefore a gathering spot or part of a neighborhood, downtown, special district, waterfront or other area within the public realm that helps promote social interaction and a sense of community. Possible examples may include such spaces as plazas, town squares, parks, marketplaces, public commons and malls, public greens, piers, special areas within convention centers or grounds, sites within public buildings, lobbies, concourses, or public spaces within private buildings.
On the 27th of October, 2015 ACTogether Uganda joined the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development and other organizations like, Shelter and Settlement Alternatives (SSA), Uganda Housing Cooperative Union to celebrate the World Habitat day with a theme, “Public Spaces For all” a campaign to revive or create space for public spaces for all.
These spaces can be used for; commerce, entertainment or performances, recreational or sporting, cultural, markets or vending, exhibits, fairs, festivals, special events thus making them to be very welcoming, accessible, open minded and open hearted spaces for people from every walk of life to gather, therefore enabling them to think out of the box or their settlements.
There is no doubt that more voices in line with the need for public spaces are evolving thus calling for the government officials in the different municipalities to engage in proper planning whist providing decent and accessible public spaces in their Municipalities with a specific focus on areas where low income residents live in order to achieve the different merits that come along with the Public spaces as seen in the article in the daily monitor of Tuesday 11th of April 2017.
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