The Post-COVID City
June 10, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:40 p.m. CDT
The pandemic has tested the resilience of cities. How we work, play, and exchange ideas will forever reflect this experience. Cities that embrace new thinking and innovations will overcome the challenges and thrive. What solutions, policies, and strategies can advance the social and economic vitality of the post-COVID city?
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Global Cities Research, Commentary, and Events
Cities on the frontline: Managing the coronavirus crisis | June 2020
Early in the pandemic, senior fellow Ian Klaus and director of global cities research Samuel Kling joined CIDOB to share perspectives from San Francisco and Chicago and how the cities have managed the COVID-19 crisis. The report provided lessons to help guide urban governance in times of pandemics and addressed key issues like multi-stakeholder cooperation, how to create healthier and more livable cities without sacrificing density, and more.
Financing Cities’ Recovery from Covid-19 and Preparing for Future Shocks | October 2020
Senior fellow Ian Klaus and nonresident fellow Mauricio Rodas contributed to the U20 Special Working Group on COVID-19 and Future Shocks. The Special Working Group examined the challenges, impacts and responses to COVID-19 and sought to anticipate future shocks that may affect cities and facilitated the exchange of ideas and policies of U20 city leaders to address the pandemic and its recovery.
Crain’s Forum on Regional Planning | October 2020
Director of global cities research Samuel Kling joined Teresa Cordova, director of the Great Cities Institute, in a Q&A about the strengths of cities, the role of neighborhoods, and the future of Chicago—and of cities in general—in a post-pandemic world.
Coronavirus: Will our day-to-day ever be the same? | November 2020
Director of global cities research Samuel Kling weighs in on how cities will weather the economic challenges of the pandemic, looking at density, transportation, amenities, and more.
Special Report: The Future of Cities | November 2020
The Financial Times looks at how public space, public health, the environment and other areas of city life have changed due to the pandemic. Also featured? A summary of the mayors’ panel from October’s Adapting Governance event.
Why We Don’t Believe the Big City Obituary | February 2021
A survey by The Harris Poll and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs found that most urban residents want to stay in cities and the majority of urban, suburban and rural residents have not been influenced by the pandemic to move.
Parsing the “Modal Mix": Two Factors Shaping the Future of Sustainable Urban Mobility | March 2021
For many cities, the transportation changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic are cause for celebration and concern -- cycling has increased and global transportation emissions have declined, but driving is on the rise and public transportation ridership has declined sharply.
Are Urbanites Willing to Ditch Cars for More Sustainable Commutes? | April 2021
In a working paper, Samuel Kling and Alexander Hitch examined the sustainable mobility options cities have to deter city residents from shifting to solo driving. Using polling data from The Harris Poll, Kling and Hitch look at urban and suburban’s residents attitudes towards alternate transportation.