There's a new shared space* in Auckland's CBD, in Darby St, and a party to celebrate this innovative approach to urban planning on April 15th. They've got the Mayor, and Kidz in Space and there has generally been much marketing riffing on the "space" theme.
Which is all well and good until we get to the casually exclusionary language being used to promote it all:
the Facebook event page. So cute, so witty, so blithely ignoring the fact that there may be sharers of this space who aren't men. And that being inclusive actually outweighs having a snazzy marketing idea any day of the week.
What's particularly disappointing is that it doesn't appear that it was always labelled this way - it seems to have been changed to the "man in space" idea at some point since this went up on the Auckland Council website on 24th February:
There's another page up on it now (in addition to the Feb one which is still up) that has similar text and the exact same picture but with the new heading "putting man back into space".
When did the change happen? Who made it? And why?
And when will people ever stop responding to legitimate concerns about this kind of casual exclusion of real people with the oh so predictable "man means mankind, which means humankind, which means people, silly"?
* Shared by pedestrians, cars, cyclists, dogs, trees, wheelchairs, and many more. It'll be interested to see how that works out, as a first attempt at getting this to work in car-obsessed Auckland.