Gómez Fonseca (2019). “Having the freedom to having freedom”. Youth Participatory Assessment of Accessibility in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

This study explores the subjective definitions of access to the city in a group of young people in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Through semi-structured interviews, workshops, and participative observation those definitions emerged. Departing from the concept of perceived accessibility, it came apparent that those definitions gravitate around three essential elements: availability of safe and affordable public transportation, safe neighbourhoods and free circulation within them, and opportunities (places and activities) for free entertainment. Accessibility is discussed as a central capability from the Capabilities Approach and connected to the notions of Right to the City and Social Justice. Finally, suggestions for institutional actions are offered.