"Where are our plazas, piazzas, malls, and maidans? Public places are where democracy finds a voice and a physical presence. Cities in Bangladesh have been experiencing unprecedented population surge. The demand for urban land is skyrocketing, leading to misguided policies of gentrification and a mastani culture of land-grabbing. Experts recommend that a livable city should have a minimum of 25% of its area as open space. Dhaka's open space of only about 14.5% is rapidly shrinking. Research has shown that without adequate public plazas—essential for a city's democratic practices, recreation, and community-building—the antisocial instincts of city dwellers balloon.”