“Just as vulnerability is not evenly distributed through the public health hazardscape, physical infrastructure robustness is not equal across communities.”
How do you define public safety? Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning Marccus Hendricks’ essay for the Social Science Research Council challenges us to look beyond the traditional definition, arguing that infrastructure, clean water and housing all fit into making safe neighborhoods. “The investment in physical and nonphysical public health and environmental infrastructures under the guidance and oversight of the public to mitigate threats to public safety is the democracy that we all deserve right now,” said Hendricks. Read his essay on the council website.