Your monthly roundup of news, tools, and events from the world of 8 80 Cities.

Our Emerging City Champions Fellowship Is Open for Applications

We’re looking for young leaders with bold ideas to make mobility, public space, and civic engagement more equitable. Apply by July 12th to our Emerging City Champions fellowship and microgrant program funded by Knight Foundation. Now in its sixth year, the Emerging City Champions program has helped launch the leadership journeys of over 100 inspirational alumni. We are so excited to be able to continue to support 20 young civic innovators this year in the 26 American communities where Knight invests.
The program provides selected fellows aged 19-35 with leadership training, access to peer networks, coaching, and $5000 in seed funding to implement one community project in one year.
Applications are due on Sunday, July 12 at 11:59 pm Eastern time (8:59 pm Pacific).

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8 80 Streets Project: Three Reports on Our 2019 Pop-up Interventions in Toronto

Last year, we rolled out a series of tactical urbanism projects that transformed three sites across Toronto to show how quickly cities can introduce design elements to create safer streets. In 2018, 45 pedestrians and cyclists were struck and killed while travelling on Toronto’s streets. A close friend of one of the victims wanted to take action in making streets safer and supporting Toronto’s #VisionZero. This is how our 8 80 Streets project came about. With simple materials and amazing partners and community volunteers, we transformed a commercial street (Danforth), a suburban residential street (Pineway) and a school street (Mountview).
We’ve compiled all the data, findings, and things we learned in three reports:

8 80 Streets Danforth
8 80 Streets Pineway
8 80 Streets Mountview

A Call to Courage. An Open Letter to Canadian Urbanists 

Inclusive placemaker, celebrated author, and the embodiment of courageous and empathetic leadership, Jay Pitter pens yet another must-read for urban planners, advocates, and anyone working in the public space and city building fields. Jay’s open letter to urbanists titled A Call to Courage articulates the legacy of anti-Black racism in urbanist practices and constructively critiques the language around equity that often fails to address how anti-Blackness is profoundly spatialized. She provides specific recommendations on how practitioners can improve their understanding and approach to racial equity and urbanism, including an individual learning agenda with helpful questions, readings, and resources.

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How Will We Ensure Equitable Access to Parks and Public Spaces
As part their series Cities In The Time of COVID this month the Canadian Urban Institute hosted an insightful discussion on the role of parks and public spaces in advancing equity amidst the pandemic and beyond with superb panelists from Canada and France.
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How We'll Age, Learn, Move, and Create After COVID-19
From the Wired Staff, we share this collection of thoughts and views from health, arts, transportation, and teaching experts on how COVID-19 has exacerbated existing vulnerabilities and inequalities and how that will shape post-pandemic society.

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Ethical Research Engagement with Indigenous Youth

The Yellowhead Institute is a First Nation-led research centre based in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University. We encourage you to check out the many excellent tools, resources, and policy briefs they produce in support of First Nation jurisdiction. This factsheet on Ethical Engagement with Indigenous Youth is part of a summary of a larger Report, A Way Forward in Conducting Research With and By Indigenous Youth which offers a path towards rethinking and reshaping research that is meaningful, respectful and inclusive of Indigenous youth.  

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Why We Must Talk About Race When We Talk About Bikes

This article by Tamika Butler featured in Bicycling reflects on the importance of acknowledging and tackling systemic racism within bicycling in order to move toward a more equitable approach to creating safe streets. In Tamika’s words, "Bicycling cannot solve systemic racism in the United States. But systemic racism can’t be fixed without tackling it within bicycling. With the rise of bicycling during this global health pandemic, this is the moment to educate the casual beach cruisers, fully-kitted weekend warriors, the urban planning students who can’t wait to ride back to campus—all of us—on the systemic oppression of Black people, Indigenous people, and all People of Color."

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Image credit: Tamika Butler for Bicycling

50th Anniversary of the Pride March

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march, which was held in New York City on June 28, 1970. David Kaufman from The New York Times takes us on a journey through the origins of the first Pride march and its evolution from the perspective of the organizers. The pictures and personal stories are a beautiful tribute to the message of love and inclusion celebrated on city streets and championed by LGBTQ activists around the world.

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