Following the BLM protests and the toppling of the slave trader statue in Bristol, the London Mayor’s office decided last year to give the city a diversity makeover wherein a commission known as the Landmark Commission was established. 15 panelists on the commission will aim to improve the diversity of the city’s public places and landmarks to better represent the wide array and diverse residents this multi-cultural city represents.
The 10th Sustainable Development Goal aims to reduce inequality within and among countries and ensures everyone regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or disability has equal access to varied opportunities. An inclusive and enhanced representation is pertinent for a society to prosper and deliver effective and legitimate institutions.
This move ensures that the public spaces and landmarks accurately reflect the city’s diversity and rich history and has a sense of inclusive representation for all the communities that has made London what it is today.
Being a diverse and multi-cultural city, will this step taken by the London Mayor’s Office inspire other melting pot cities to have a more inclusive aspect in their public spaces?