Dr. Karen Lee on fit cities and how COVID-19 has highlighted the needs for a public health approach to city building.
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:
- Paty Rios
- Research & Housing Lead, Happy City
- Cassandra Caiger
- Engagement Lead, Intelligent Futures
- Christina Seidel
- Owner, sonnevera international corp
- Erin White
- Founder, Principal, Community Food Lab
- Sheena Jardine-Olade, MPlan
- Planning + Design, Night Lab
- Nik Ives-Allison, Ph.D
- Research + Strategy, Night Lab
- Martyna Turczynowicz
- Engagement + Communications, Night Lab
- Lourdes Juan
- Leela Viswanathan, PhD, RPP, MCIP
- Principal and Founder, Viswali Consulting
- Greg Tanzola
- Former Executive Director, Asset Management, Greybrook Realty Partners
- Matt Pinder
- Erick Villagomez
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
- Follow Mike Lydon on Twitter
- Check out his latest blogs posts about COVID19 Streets