Jul 13, 2020 • 1HR 9M

7: Women on the Future of Public Space in New York City

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On the upcoming season of Sick Empire you’ll hear Branden Janese ask critical questions surrounding Black trauma and centering conversations around healing. What does the path to freedom in healthcare look like for all Black Americans? Season One of Sick Empire exposed the social ills highlighted by the coronavirus. Now, Season Two will focus on the healing steps. Our new season will highlight the ways to heal Black trauma, as well as the history behind Black folx and their forms of healing. We will feature the voices of holistic healers, root workers, doulas, Black financial health experts, nutritionists, prison abolitionists, historians and folx who specialize in treating Black American mental health.
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This week on Sick Empire you’ll hear from women who work as designers and architects in New York City talk about the future of public space post Covid-19. While most New Yorkers agree that the city was not originally designed for people to socially distance themselves from one another, the reality is that it’s time to start seriously changing the ways we move around and interact with the city and with one another. You’ll hear from the women who have seats at the table on projects that help neighborhoods redesign their public spaces so that they accommodate essential workers better, as well as women who are working to create safer sidewalk space, and more green spaces in affordable housing developments. This episode dives into unpacking the systemic issues of public design that are now, and historically have been, directly affecting the most marginalized people of New York City.