COVID-19 Impacts on Cities and Suburbs
How is the COVID-19 pandemic changing urban living? In COVID-19 - Impacts on Cities and Suburbs - Key Takeaways Across Multiple Sectors, we explore the landscape of COVID-19 disruptions to date on land use and real estate, urban design, building design, transportation, e-commerce and retail, and goods delivery. We also highlight the longer-term questions and potential ongoing impacts COVID-19 might have on the built environment. We were particularly interested in the changes COVID-19 might have on the development of new mobility, urban delivery, and autonomous vehicles, and how this could impact the built environment. We began tracking the real-time disruptions COVID-19 was causing and projecting potential longer term issues and questions. This paper is the first in a series of papers Urbanism Next has released
focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on cities.
COVID-19 Impacts to the Urbanism Next Framework
Before the pandemic, Urbanism Next developed a framework organizing the disruptions to cities caused by emerging transportation technologies—namely new mobility, autonomous vehicles (AVs), and e-commerce—on the built environment. COVID-19 has disrupted the trajectory of these emerging technologies and will, in turn, change some our original assumptions. In COVID-19 - Impacts to the Urbanism Next Framework, we revisit the original framework, taking into account the cascading impacts of the pandemic. This paper outlines the specific COVID-19 disruptions we have identified and the potential changes they will cause. This is the second paper in a series Urbanism Next is releasing focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. The first paper summarizes our initial findings on the impacts of COVID-19 on the built environment, providing background for the COVID-19 disruptions identified in this paper.