I imagine a city that thrives by investing in its people.
From underrepresented groups like newcomers and youth, we have a wealth of untapped potential that’s just waiting to be discovered. By investing in neighbourhoods that are underfunded, investing in the creation of opportunities that are not only accessible to vulnerable groups but appealing as well, we can create a new and talented workforce that is able to thrive through diversity and thus create more space for innovative solutions to the common challenges we face.
Issues like transit, newcomer integration, the gap between rich and poor and so on are issues that are not insurmountable, many a time, we fail to consult the individuals who are being affected by problems the most. I imagine a city that is united in its approach to challenges and removes the divide between downtown and the suburbs. I imagine a city that focuses on the challenges that are faced and develops solutions that eventually turn our less-fortunate into productive and content citizens. Our policies need to reflect our diversity and we need to not only invest more resources but also time, in getting to know and care for our neighbour.
Our city is already an example to the world of how the world can unite within a city, let’s make it better together.