Kinder Institute Forum: Carol Coletta

October 24, 2018
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet Street | Houston, TX 77005
Phone: (713) 348-4132
Times: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Admission: Free
Area of Town: Museum District
Free Admission: Yes

Carol Coletta, a senior fellow with the Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Practice, joins the Kinder Institute to talk about reimagining the civic commons—an initiative focused on revitalizing and connecting public places to form more creative, inclusive cities. Due to underinvestment and apathy, our civic assets—publicly shared places such as parks, plazas, trails and libraries—are no longer connecting residents and anchoring neighborhoods. Research shows that Americans are spending less time together in social settings, trust each other less and interact less with others whose experiences are different. Houstonians in particular, according to the 2018 Houston Civic Health Index, have higher levels of mistrust than the national average, and one-fifth of Greater Houston residents report that they never talk to their neighbors.Carol Coletta will discuss transforming expectations about these public assets and managing them in ways that foster civic engagement, socioeconomic mixing, environmental sustainability and value creation for cities and neighborhoods.