Is (your city name here) a city designed for women?


This may be the first essay I’ve seen that explicitly applies Jeff Speck’s walkability pillars and other urban design theories to the needs of the female population.

Opinion: Is Brisbane designed for women?, by Kathleen Noonan (The Courier-Mail)

… Is Brisbane a city designed for women? What makes a great city for women – and, therefore, everyone else? Because when you make a great city for women, you improve the fabric and experience of human life.

No matter where you are in Queensland this morning, it’s a valid question: is this town a great place for women and children? Because let’s not forget, women and children are the majority.

Is your town a safe welcoming place for elderly women, migrant women, women with disabilities, young female students, for all women? Most women need “porous’’ and connected cities because their lives often meld their two shifts – their work/career and their work/family.

Have you ever sat in a children’s playground or park thinking it was designed by someone who had never met a child? How do we get it so wrong so often?

Don’t worry. It is not just Brisbane or Australia. All over the world, cities have been in the throes of reinventing themselves with fewer cars and more feet. Some of the fixes are so very easy and not expensive.

Women should experience their city exactly as men do. Their city should be utterly, entirely fair.