This analysis was based on data regarding the access to green spaces and the ethnic demographics in neighborhoods in Brussels. Using data from the Brussels municipality, as well as fieldwork and research, Teju used maps that she made to analyze the correlation between access to green spaces and the neighborhoods in which there are the most share of Africans. This assessment highlights inequity and uneven development in city planning and how this unfolds socio-spatially.

Mapping social, economic, and environmental differences within a city is a productive way to analyze how the consequences of urbanization, gentrification, and other processes affect a city and the inhabitants who live within its boundaries. By mapping differences and inequities we can see how cities are representations of the injustices that already exist within society, while simultaneously being nuclei of diversity. We can see who is on the map and in what way, as well as what is on the map and its importance within a city system.

Since the African population in Brussels is among the most disadvantaged, this assessment aimed to see one way in which this is spatialized, namely: through environment. From this analysis the Brussels municipality, if they so choose, can begin to disrupt this inequality through more nuanced and thoughtful allocation of green space development.

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