Investing with Intention: Socioeconomic Mixing

The civic infrastructure of communities—the parks, trails, Main Streets, town squares, libraries and recreation centers in every community, large or small, urban or rural—can be the places that generate much-needed opportunities for shared experience among people of all incomes and backgrounds. In cities across the country, innovative public space managers, advocates and community leaders are beginning to have success by designing, programming and operating public spaces that are open and welcoming to all, and that encourage the casual interactions that build trust.

This publication highlights six insights into intentional investment to foster socioeconomic mixing, one of Reimagining the Civic Commons four outcomes, for more diverse, connected and opportunity-rich communities.