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Spatial Equity in Urban Public Space (UPS) Based on Analysis of Municipal Public Policy Omissions: A Case Study of Atizapán de Zaragoza, State of México

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Environmental Sciences Department, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Ciudad de México Rosario Castellanos, 07979 Mexico City, Mexico
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Escuela de Arquitectura, Arte y Diseño, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Av. Lago de Guadalupe KM 3.5, Margarita Maza de Juárez, 52926 Cd López Mateos, Estado de México, Mexico
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Societies 2020, 10(1), 8; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10010008
Received: 15 November 2019 / Revised: 16 December 2019 / Accepted: 27 December 2019 / Published: 13 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Impacts of XXI Century Innovations in Built Environment)
International agendas, such as the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, have been established as global guidelines for equitable planning of urban centers. However, there is a lack of indicators and tools for public policy planning at the local level. Spatial equity in planning has been related to the spatial match between public facility level and residents´ distribution. The objective of this research was to assess the spatial inequity in urban public space (UPS) of Atizapán de Zaragoza, State of Mexico, and analyzed the cause of this phenomenon with a methodological framework based on the general indicator omissions in public policy. The indicator, omission of municipal public policies associated to UPS, allowed us to explain the existence of the spatial inequity in: (1) the conceptualization and interpretation that decision makers have about urban environmental development in the territory; (2) the lack of a public discussion about the sustainable vocation of the municipality; and (3) the dominant values of the actors involved in the production, planning, and installation of UPS. The significance of this phenomenon affects the recognition that UPS is a primary element for guaranteeing the rights to a healthy environment in equitable and sustainable cities and a resource for strengthening social cohesion, governance, and appropriation of public assets. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban public space; spatial equity; un-politics; omission; public policy; Atizapán de Zaragoza urban public space; spatial equity; un-politics; omission; public policy; Atizapán de Zaragoza
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Pérez-Paredes, E.A.; Krstikj, A. Spatial Equity in Urban Public Space (UPS) Based on Analysis of Municipal Public Policy Omissions: A Case Study of Atizapán de Zaragoza, State of México. Societies 2020, 10, 8.

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