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For many reasons, open spaces remain "forgotten" in the functional dynamics of cities. In this scenario, the main objective of this study is to analyze experiences of the use and appropriation of these places, considering the theoretical references pertinent to facing the problem of their gradual "forgetfulness". In order to do so, the work starts with the interpretation of empirical examples: five Brazilian state capitals in different geographic regions, urban insertions, economic conditions and non-original local functions. The results obtained lead to an understanding of the problems posed in differentiated positions in the urbanized network and to the perception of alternatives to mitigate the social vulnerability of at-risk groups, especially children and adolescents exposed to psychoactive substances. Shared spatial appropriation, with spatialities, temporalities and functionalities related to the sense of collectivity and the discernment of citizenship, offers possibilities so that these individuals do not also remain "left out" and "omitted" in that debate.

Urban spaces; Social risks; Empirical experiences; Brazilian metropolis

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