Cities across the globe are becoming increasingly unequal; poor design coupled with overcrowding has resulted in an increasing number of people pushed out to living in slums and environmentally-degraded neighbourhoods. The paper argues that as economic growth does not always translate to the common good, cities need to be inclusive in order to build social cohesion. Inclusiveness is about building a collective stake in the city’s planning, resources and sustainability. The act of participation builds shared values and a common purpose. It argues that inclusive cities must do two things – level up, and become smart – and offers examples of projects from a Delhi-based NGO, which aim to address challenges in building inclusiveness in the context of urban low-income communities.