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Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP): Who Decides?

March 2017 – May 2017

How do grocery stores get sited?
What rights do rent-regulated tenants have?
Do migrant workers have to pay taxes?

The places where we live are shaped by many decisions—decisions that determine what our day to day lives are like and who has access to goods, services, and opportunities.

The work of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is about making those decisions visible. At the heart of every project is a question about a public policy, an urban planning issue, or a decision-making process.

And each question begets another—who decides?

Working in partnership with communities most impacted by (and often least included in) these decisions, CUP creates visual explanations in the form of popular education materials. The materials are used by our community partners in their organizing and advocacy work, making sure that more people can understand the decisions that are most important to them—and have a say in shaping them.

CUP is honored to share a small selection of our work from the last several years at the invitation of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Like the work of the Fund, each of these projects addresses the uneven landscape of access and opportunity, and is a resource for communities working to change that.

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