My City Too has conducted extensive research through its monthly forums and local projects, which has helped to articulate the views of young people on the places and spaces that impact their lives. We believe young people must be fully involved in placemaking and policy-making if they are going to value, respect and take ownership of the spaces and places around them.
There is no defined route for young people to give their views on major regeneration projects or local area action plans, or any model for linking youth parliaments with planning councils in the capital. This lack of meaningful engagement for young people is compounded by media debates and headlines that focus on youth offending, knife crime and anti-social behaviour.
Negative perceptions of young people reinforce their ‘invisibility’ in public spaces.
My City Too’s extensive work through local action research projects and peer-to-peer surveys has gathered information to support our citywide campaign and enabled young people to explore built environment issues in depth.