This week, planners, policymakers and urban practitioners from across the world are gathering in Kuala Lumpur for World Urban Forum 9. This story is part of Next City’s coverage of the Forum. For more stories, visit our World Urban Forum 9 page here.
Each day during World Urban Forum 9, Next City is inviting attendees to visit the World Stage for wide-ranging conversations about the principles enshrined in the New Urban Agenda. On Thursday, Feb. 8, the topics discussed included how New Orleans can create more affordable housing in the face of resistance from the state, technological accessibility, and the discrimination faced by artists with disabilities.
Gallery: World Urban Forum 9, Day Two: Art, Housing and Smart Cities for All
Andrew Reschovsky, a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, explains how financing is key to cities' attempts to meet the goals of the New Urban Agenda. "The rich can always take care of themselves," he said, but the consequences of under-investment in cities falls squarely on everyone else.
Executive Director of HousingNOLA Andreanecia Morris argues that New Orleans is "creating housing that is not connected to the population of the city." The number of million-dollar homes in New Orleans has surged since Hurricane Katrina, putting affordable housing out of the reach of many, despite a surplus of supply. "We have enough supply," said Morris. "New Orleans has not earned the right to an affordability crisis."
Attendees from World Enabled discussed the steps cities and countries are taking to ensure that information and communications technology is accessible to people with disabilities.
"The minute you tell someone you are special needs, they don't even look at your work. They look at it as charity instead." Artists with physical and intellectual disabilities showcased their work in a moving discussion about how artistic talent is fostered and consumed when the person creating it is disabled.