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The Importance Of Public Space Under The Pandemic And Protests

Demonstrators kneel outside of the Hamilton County Courthouse for nine minutes, nearly the same amount of time as the video of George Floyd's death.

Our cities have been the centers of momentous change over the last seven months. From the global pandemic to mass demonstrations over racial injustice, cities have been transformed. Public space is taking on a significant role in our society as a place to demand justice, while public space also raises serious concerns about public health.

The Mercantile Library explores the role of public space in a upcoming talk,"The Public City,"with guest speakers Ken Greenberg and Jeff Hou. The virtual discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. examines how public space affects us all. It is part of a conversation series called The Case for Cities, which runs through May 2021.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss The Public City are Greenberg Consultants Principal and Former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto Ken Greenberg; andUniversity of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning Professor of Urbanism Vikas Mehta Ph.D.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.