Photo essay: When residents are co-creators, ideas get better

You’ve heard this before: City Hall’s best ideas are designed with residents, not for them. But what does that really mean? The 50 cities who are finalists in this year’s Global Mayors Challenge can tell you. Residents, business owners, and other stakeholders helped to generate many of the breakthrough ideas these cities entered into the competition for a chance to win $1 million. And the feedback residents are giving as city leaders test, iterate, and develop these programs, policies, and services, is making the ideas even stronger. Here, our team of Bloomberg Cities photographers shows us what co-creation looks like, and introduces us to the people on the ground who are making it happen. 

November 24, 2021