What do we call it when marginalized communities’ assets are unseen, undervalued and even destroyed through projects undertaken for the so-called public good?
The predominant narrative calls it wealth stripping. But 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 or in response to climate emergencies.
In her post on Medium, FFI Founder and CEO Katya Fels Smyth shares a new name for an enduring phenomenon: wellbeing stripping. Because the assets that matter to people are broader, deeper and less transactional than money and financial wealth. And without a name, it’s too easy for power to dismiss or de-legitimize the harms and the repair.
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.
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.
We participated in an important conversation that explored how investing in the built environment can be used as a lever for decriminalizing mental illness, increasing public safety, enhancing civic participation, addressing inequities and improving public health