Teenagers’ Manifesto for better places in the Capital

My City Too participants

We are the future of London. But without the chance to influence opinion, we are excluded from debates and decisions about the future of our city. We are My City Too! Ambassadors, aged 12-19, who have been working on ideas to make the whole of London better for everyone. We have done research across 22 London boroughs with over 1000 young people. This is our Manifesto:

  1. Let us have our say and young people will be fully involved in planning, designing and decision-making in their city
    We can’t vote – yet – but it is our city too! We can help improve places and spaces and we’ll use and respect them more if we’ve been asked
  2. We want every inch of the capital to be used and not left derelict
    Even if unused spaces can’t be redeveloped immediately, we’ll help you find new uses for them; when left derelict they are dangerous and make our area look and feel abandoned
  3. We need sheltered places to sit and to meet people that are better designed and well looked after
    Quality design and materials that are well looked after tell our communities that we are worth investing in
  4. We need broader pavements and car-free streets
    Pedestrian areas need to be planned and designed to be safer for everyone
  5. We want lively streets with better and more creative lighting
    Busy, well-lit areas will help us and everyone else feel safe on our streets
  6. We want every generation to have their own corner in public spaces, acknowledging their needs and making them feel welcome
    Separating activity zones for small children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens through soft zoning (floor markings, tree fences, etc) will ensure everyone feels happy about sharing the same public space
  7. We want play and performance areas for young people that are at the heart of shopping centres, main streets and parks
    Design places where we can meet each other and be seen doing something worthwhile while feeling safe
  8. We want playful signs, bright colour schemes and changing public art
    Give our local areas a stronger identity and make them places that we are proud of
  9. We want trees, pools and fountains everywhere
    Greenery and water features have a calming effect and make places feel more welcoming
  10. We want everyone to be able to move around London
    Provide ramps and lifts in all public spaces so everyone can be part of the capital

Young Design Champions + Right Decisions = Better London Spaces

We’re worth investing in.
How are you going to make it happen?

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