- Lacie Martin
4 Reasons Why Shared Community Spaces Must Be Protected
Updated: Apr 14
Every town, city, and community needs shared public spaces that everyday citizens can use and enjoy. It is important for members of the community to recognize why these shared spaces are so important. Parks, malls, beaches, and other publically accessible places need the support of average people so that they can continue to function as safe spaces for everyone. By understanding the services these public places provide to society, groups and individuals can gain insight into why community spaces should be protected.
1. Public Safety
The upkeep of shared spaces is vital to public safety. In particular, quality lighting plays a crucial role in preventing accidents for pedestrians and drivers alike. Shining more light is a way to add an additional layer of safety and deter criminal activity.
As one example, it is easy to imagine how parking garages can be extremely hazardous if their lighting systems are not well-kept. Stairwells, walkways, and vestibules also make for dangerous tripping hazards in the dark. With proper lighting for parking garages, citizens can feel safer and have an easier time getting to and from their cars.
Community spaces are ideal for networking with new people. When meeting someone for the first time, it is best to do so in a public area such as a park or plaza. These types of spaces are also great for organizing community events, which are great for socializing and expanding your network with like-minded people.
Many people are understandably shy or lack the confidence to begin networking. Reaching out to friends and family is a great way to practice social skills before setting out into the community for networking events.
3. Public Transportation Access
Public transportation is a necessity for many people without the means to commute otherwise. These people deserve to feel safe and comfortable while walking to the bus stop or train station and while waiting for transit.
An example of a safe transit stop is one that is covered to protect against precipitation and that has well-maintained lighting. Without proper illumination, bus stops can be an easy target for nighttime crime. Providing and repairing benches or another form of seating can also go a long way toward making public transportation more accessible for people with disabilities.
4. Personal Wellness
Public areas are also among the best places to practice personal wellness. Going for a jog along the beach, performing yoga in the park, or simply enjoying the outdoors among other people are all great activities for your health. Experts explain that being outside comes with other benefits such as reduced stress and blood pressure.
The community must recognize that cleanliness is necessary for ensuring that public spaces remain conducive to physical and mental wellness. Individuals can help by supporting cleanup programs or by volunteering their time to keep the environment clean and healthy.
People from all walks of life rely on shared public spaces for work, business, or self-improvement. Keeping these spaces safe and beautiful is to the benefit of everyone. The protection of public safety in shared spaces is often a simple matter of improving the overall volume and quality of lighting. However, each member of the community can play a unique part in preserving shared spaces. Being vocal, volunteering, or simply using public spaces for your daily routine are all things that can go a long way toward bettering your community.
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