The recently enacted infrastructure bill presents an opportunity to fix more than roads, bridges and pipes. As funds begin to land in cities across the country, city planners and policymakers have many options for how they choose to build. Let’s make sure equitable wellbeing is at the center of new infrastructure investments.
In a two-part series published by the American Planning Association, Brookings Senior Fellow Xavier de Souza Briggs and Full Frame Initiative CEO Katya Fels Smyth outline a framework to guide new capital investments. Grounded in principles from the Wellbeing Blueprint, this six-point framework shows how to plan and design a built environment that provides universal access to wellbeing.
Curious what this might look like? Browse our national wellbeing innovation map to see what these principles look like in practice in the built environment, human services, education and other sectors.
Senchel Matthews, FFI's associate director of built environment, writes about how the planning community can repair harms of the past to create a more just future in an article for Planning Magazine.
In an article for Medium, FFI Founder and CEO Katya Fels Smyth shares a new name for an enduring phenomenon: wellbeing stripping. Because it's not just financial assets that are often drained from communities that can least afford it, as part of major development or public good projects.
Infrastructure investments aren’t neutral. Imagine a future where people’s wellbeing is the starting place for how decisions are made about what, where, when and even whether we build. Our new tool is a step towards that future.