COVID Reflections

May 11, 2020 in Community, Health

It is safe to say that it’s been a wild few months. 

And now, after two months of strict social distancing here in Canada, many provinces are starting to reopen their communities and economies. It has a lot of us thinking about how COVID will impact society and cities in the long-term. 

How might our collective values adapt to this new reality? 

How will our food systems change? 

Will transit, retail and nightlife be able to recover? 

How will global supply chains adapt? 

 There are endless questions, and not many answers. But we wanted to hear from past and future guests about their thoughts on how COVID will impact our communities. 

In this episode, you’ll hear from:


COVID-19 Safe Streets

April 20, 2020 in Health, Transportation

The last number of weeks have brought great change all over the world. City life has changed drastically as well. Streets are quiet, stores are shut, vehicle traffic has nearly vanished, buses and trains are almost empty. And pedestrians are veering onto the street as they try to maintain a safe distance from others. 

In some parts of the world, folks are on total lockdown and are prohibited to be outdoors.

Here in North America, we still have some freedoms to use parks, public spaces and streets, as long as a safe distance is kept. This is a challenge that cities are now faced with: How might we allow people to still enjoy the spaces of the city while being responsible and safe. 

John talks with Mike Lydon, a past podcast guest, who has been keeping a close watch on how some cities are proactively responding to COVID-19. Many cities are taking action, including: 

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Schaerbeek, Belgium
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Grenoble, France
  • London, UK
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Bogata, Columbia
  • And here in Calgary, Alberta

Resources

Restorative Spaces in the City

November 12, 2018 in Health

Jenny Roe is an environmental psychologist. She studies how we interact with our world, and how the world impacts our health, wellbeing and behaviours. In this episode, John and Jenny bounce through a number of concepts, including how digital technology, car-oriented planning, green spaces and fascinating buildings are related to our health and well-being.

Resources

  • Learn more about Jenny’s work
  • Listen to a past episode with Mike Lydon to learn more about tactical urbanism