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Director, Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University
Emma Bloomberg Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management


Just because parks are open to everyone doesn’t mean that residents can use them equally. But how do you determine who faces hidden barriers? A study supported by the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative shows how city leaders can leverage big data to better understand and address inequities in access to public spaces.


Nesrala, Yamile, Jonathan Jay, Jorrit de Jong, Felicia Heykoop, Linda Hwang, Alexa Courtepatte, and Michelle Kondo. "Hidden Barriers to Open Venues: What Big Data Can Tell You about Access to Public Spaces." Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Action Insights, Apr 3, 2024.