There’s been a lot of controversy on the street clearing operations in Manila, lately, and netizens have been quick to comment, propose solutions (many uninformed or exclusive to the middle and high classes), and create opinions without understanding the ongoings, or communicating with vendors themselves.
While we’re on the topic, here’s a shoutout to People Make Cities!, a group led by urban planner Julia Nebrija, who held a roundtable discussion with street vendors last weekend. Here are a few photos:
I was nervous about pitching this to the editor of CNN Philippines Life, but it got through, and I’m excited to share this!
Since I conceptualized Placemade in 2017, I’ve been pondering on how citizen-led planning can be done in the Philippines. Creating Placemade as an impact challenge is a start, but why not share the how-to’s to so many others? Contributing to cities isn’t really that difficult, and sometimes, solutions or steps forward are really very simple. And this is where my writeup stems from.