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London, global cities and Covid-19

I recently sent the following list to the students on my London module and thought I'd also post it here. There have been a number of pieces written on the effects of Covid-19 on London and other cities. I've listed below a select few--


London


Ben Rogers of The Centre for London has written about how resilient London is in the face of Covid-19: https://www.centreforlondon.org/blog/london-resilient-coronavirus/

OnLondon has a good selection of pieces about how London is facing Covid-19, including one on how the boroughs have planned for such a challenge: https://www.onlondon.co.uk/coronavirus-london-how-the-capitals-local-authorities-have-planned-for-resilience/ A piece from mid-March looked at how London and Londoners would have to face the challenge: https://www.onlondon.co.uk/dave-hill-ungovernable-london-must-govern-itself-as-coronavirus-spreads-into-its-soul/

Beyond London, the Centre for Cities has been keeping track of the wider effects of Covid-19 on the UK's cities and towns: https://www.centreforcities.org/coronavirus/


Is this the end for cities? 


A number of pieces have explored whether Covid-19 will change cities such as London or perhaps even force them into a period of decline. Joel Kotkin looks at how Covid-19 will combine with changes in work and technology to bring about dispersion rather than concentration: https://quillette.com/2020/03/25/the-coming-age-of-dispersion/ Stefan Novakovic for Azure does not see this as heralding the decline of urban density: https://www.azuremagazine.com/article/will-covid-19-spell-the-end-of-urban-density-dont-bet-on-it/  Jack Shenker in The Guardian explores how pandemics have always shaped cities and Covid-19 will be no different: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/26/life-after-coronavirus-pandemic-change-world


Resilience in cities


The World Economic Forum has undertaken a lot of work on cities and in this piece by Robert Muggah and Rebecca Katz ask how prepared cities around the world are for handling Covid-19: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/how-should-cities-prepare-for-coronavirus-pandemics/ City Labs look at how pandemics are an urban planning problem: https://www.citylab.com/design/2020/03/coronavirus-urban-planning-global-cities-infectious-disease/607603/ The Centre for Cities has a podcast you can listen to on Covid-19 and the resilience of global cities: https://www.centreforcities.org/podcast/city-talks-lina-liakou-on-coronavirus-and-global-city-resilience/


Cities in the developing world


While there has been a lot of discussion recently about the effects of Covid-19 on cities such as London or New York, we cannot overlooked the effects on cities in the developing world. This piece by Professor Diana Mitlin gives a good overview of the issues: http://blog.gdi.manchester.ac.uk/dealing-with-covid-19-in-the-towns-and-cities-of-the-global-south/

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