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From garden streets to bike highways: four ideas for post-Covid cities – visualised

As the pandemic wreaks havoc on existing structures, we look at some visions for post-Covid cities – and how they hold up Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThere is a huge, looming, unanswerable question that overshadows our cities, like an elephant squatting in the central square. Will a Covid-19 vaccine or herd immunity return us to “normal”, or will we need to redesign our cities to accommodate a world in which close proximity to other people can kill you?After an an...
Tags: Business, Housing, Communities, Society, World news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Construction industry, Regeneration, Green space, Gardens, Coronavirus outbreak


'We're going to miss the community': Elephant and Castle shopping centre closes after 55 years

Mixed feelings as icon of working-class London and Europe’s first ever large indoor retail centre makes way for developmentAfter 55 years the final few traders were packing up their shops and stalls at the Elephant and Castle shopping centre in south London with mixed feelings about what the future might hold.“It’s time for a change, because really everything has to be different,” Luz Villamizar, a “60-something” trader said with tears in her eyes. “It’s time because this is not a nice building ...
Tags: Europe, Business, London, UK News, Retail industry, Cities, Gentrification, Luz Villamizar


'No one is here': is Covid-19 the end for the City of London's famous shops?

Coronavirus is challenging the way in which we live and work in our cities. Over the coming days we will examine the impact of the pandemic on urban areas: can they survive Covid?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDean Hooke is waiting for a customer. He has been waiting for one all week.It is Friday afternoon on St Swithin’s Lane in the City of London, where the tailor’s shop stands in the shadow of Rothschild and Co, a couple of hundred metres from the Bank of England....
Tags: London, Communities, Cities, Future Of Cities, Rothschild, Hooke, Bank of England Continue, Coronavirus outbreak, St Swithin 's Lane


'No one is here': is Covid draining the life from the City of London?

Coronavirus is challenging the way in which we live and work in our cities. Over the coming days we will examine the impact of the pandemic on urban areas: can they survive Covid?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDean Hooke is waiting for a customer. He has been waiting for one all week.It is Friday afternoon on St Swithin’s Lane in the City of London, where the tailor’s shop stands in the shadow of Rothschild and Co, a couple of hundred metres from the Bank of England....
Tags: London, Communities, Cities, Rothschild, Hooke, Bank of England Continue, Coronavirus outbreak, St Swithin 's Lane


New Tallest Skyscrapers Plans

French architectural studio, Rescubika, proposes skyscraper that would be the tallest building in New York. The building design is called Mandragore and it would be a 2400-foot-tall tower. It would... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: New York, Science, Technology, Climate Change, Environment, Future, World, Cities, Innovation, Skyscrapers, Buildings, Rescubika


We found the 30 best American cities to live in after the pandemic

Fargo, North Dakota, is the fifth-best place to move to after the coronavirus pandemic. Shutterstock Some people might be considering moving to a new part of the US after the coronavirus pandemic. We used nine metrics for 380 US metro areas to calculate an overall score that we used to find the best cities to move to after the pandemic. Some of the 30 best cities to move to are in Illinois, Iowa, and Wyoming. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The pandemic has brought on n...
Tags: News, US, Trends, Strategy, Features, Cities, Wyoming, Idaho, Omaha, Lincoln, Moving, New Mexico, Ranking, Fargo, Pew Research Center, Columbia


Landlords slash rents by up to 20% as tenants quit city centres in pandemic

‘Race to suburbia’ and a lack of foreign students see rental demand plummet in wake of Covid-19Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePrivate rents in some parts of London have tumbled by up to 20% as tenants quit the capital, the number of international students plummets and companies put relocation plans on hold.A glut of rental properties on the market means many landlords have had to slash rents in order to attract tenants. While leading estate agents say average rents i...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, London, Money, UK News, Cities, Property, Renting Property, Coronavirus outbreak


‘Covid is an opportunity’: Pret a Manger’s CEO on its fight for survival

The sandwich chain has become a symbol of the way we used to live, pre-pandemic. Can boss Pano Christou turn things around?The Pret a Manger head office in Victoria, London, has all the trappings of an internet startup: the open-plan kitchen offering free coffee, fruit and snacks; a red telephone box next to a meeting room where you can take a private call (Google’s office in London has those, too); a fibreglass cow grazing on fake grass in the atrium; and an area to host “town hall meetings” wi...
Tags: Google, Business, London, Life and style, World news, Cities, Manger, Pret A Manger, Victoria London, Coronavirus outbreak, Pano Christou


Dolphin numbers up in Hong Kong after Covid crisis halts ferries

Revival prompts calls to divert boats to help protect native Indo-Pacific humpbacksCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLarge numbers of dolphins returned to Hong Kong waters within weeks of the Covid-19 crisis shutting down high-speed ferries, and researchers are now calling for protections before the ferries resume.Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, also known as Chinese white dolphins and pink dolphins, are native to the Pearl River estuary, but typically avoided the water...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, Environment, World news, Dolphins, Cities, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Water transport, City transport, Cetaceans, Macau, Pearl River, Coronavirus outbreak


Dolphins return to Hong Kong as Covid crisis halts ferries

Revival prompts calls to better protect native indo-Pacific humpbacksCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLarge numbers of dolphins returned to Hong Kong waters within weeks of the Covid-19 crisis shutting down high-speed ferries, and researchers are now calling for protections before the ferries resume.Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, also known as Chinese white dolphins and pink dolphins, are native to the Pearl River estuary, but typically avoided the waters between Hong...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, Environment, World news, Dolphins, Cities, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Water transport, City transport, Cetaceans, Macau, Pearl River, Coronavirus outbreak


'Bus drivers were forced to play Russian roulette' – the shocking truth about the death of Mervyn Kennedy

‘Mally’ Kennedy was a dedicated father of three girls working as a London bus driver. Would PPE and an earlier lockdown have saved him?Ellen Kennedy had only been living with her dad for a few weeks, but already they had settled into an easy routine. Mervyn Kennedy, known to all as Mally, would wake up at about 9am and ask his youngest daughter to go for breakfast with him. Ellen, 31, would demur – the vegan options around their south London flat weren’t great – but Mally would insist, and so th...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Society, UK News, World news, Cities, Infectious Diseases, Transport, City transport, Zimbabwe, Road transport, Transport policy, Ellen, Tfl, Kennedy


Is it possible to build a mile-high skyscraper?

Frank Lloyd Wright originally proposed The Mile-High Illinois in the 1950s. Innovations in construction materials and elevators are necessary to reach the one mile height and beyond.We may see the first mile-high skyscraper by the middle of the 21st century. Humanity has been on a quest for millenia to build bigger and taller structures. In our reach skyward we've built ziggurats, pyramids, and coliseums. Our mythologies placed the seat of the gods in lofty towers high on mountaintops. We've had...
Tags: Design, China, New York City, Chicago, Cities, Architecture, Engineering, Middle East, Innovation, Dubai, Buildings, Illinois, Burj Khalifa, Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago Tribune, Wright


Why virtual reality is necessary on a planet of 11 billion

According to projections shared by the UN, Earth's population is expected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050. By the year 2100, that number could increase to 11 billion. Virtual reality will be necessary to reduce the waste of such a large population in industries like transport, retail, and manufacturing.As an existing technology, there is a lot that virtual reality can do: rich and immersive environments, heightened storytelling, emotionally resonant experiences, and increased productivity in retail...
Tags: Travel, Work, Technology, Shopping, Future, Cities, Infrastructure, Innovation, Population, Virtual Reality, Emotions, Augmented Reality, Exploration, Humanity, Compilation, UN Earth


Want to build high-rise homes for 74,000 more people in Wellington? Build consensus first | Max Rashbrooke

Wellington’s plan to boost urban density has set off a predictable cycle of conflict and outrage – but there is a way outIt’s like a slow-moving nightmare, in which the same battle is fought over and over again, without resolution. The city council in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, has announced plans to house an extra 74,000 people – plans that would require some low-rise inner-city villas to be replaced by dense modern apartments. Continue reading...
Tags: Cities, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Wellington, Wellington New Zealand, Max Rashbrooke


'There has to be a third way:' A Stockholm-based urban planning expert says business as usual and total shutdown are not the only options for cities

People walk during rush hour in Stockholm on May 29, 2020. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images Nature in urban spaces is instrumental in maintaining peoples' wellbeing throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Karl Samuelsson, a Stockholm-based researcher who focuses on sustainable environments for people, says that cities need more nature and bigger spaces to practice social distancing. In a recent research paper, Samuelsson and his colleagues argue that social distancing to prevent the sprea...
Tags: Science, Sweden, Trends, Strategy, Cities, Queens, Urban Planning, Getty, Stockholm, Business Insider, Stockholm Sweden, Samuelsson, JONATHAN NACKSTRAND, Pandemic, Fredrik, Coronavirus


Asphalt Could Be Making Summer Air Pollution Worse

There’s a lot of asphalt in the U.S.—approximately 18 billion tons, to the National Asphalt Pavement Association. Unfortunately, it turns out all that asphalt is the source of harmful air pollution, especially in the summer heat.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Roads, Cities, Pavement, Asphalt, National Asphalt Pavement Association


Rebuilding better: designing the future of cities and governance

In city and town meetings throughout the United States, “we need to rebuild better” has become a common refrain from progressive political leaders to communicate their response to COVID-19 and the subsequent demands for racial justice. It is shorthand for the urgency of economic recovery while acknowledging the reality of structural inequities. The pandemic’s indiscriminate destruction of life and livelihood has exposed blemishes of intolerance that have been artfully swept under the rug for dec...
Tags: Google, Books, New York, Toronto, Cities, United States, Jane Jacobs, Shannon Mattern, William Whyte, Julius Jansson


E-scooters: time to take the brakes off | Letter

The government must stop dragging its feet when it comes to encouraging the use of e-scooters, argues Hilary SaundersYour article about e-scooters (UK rides the wave of micromobility by embracing e-scooters, 25 August) failed to raise some vital questions.As electric scooters can cost as little as £120, they could provide the ideal transport for low-income commuters, while helping to reduce carbon emissions, especially in cities. It would not cost much to mark out a lane on arterial roads for th...
Tags: Politics, UK, Climate Change, Environment, Life and style, UK News, Cities, Cycling, Transport, Transport policy, Coronavirus outbreak, Hilary SaundersYour


The 25 best suburbs in America, each boasting family-friendly neighborhoods, good schools, and wide open spaces

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, people are fleeing big cities. Here are Niche's top suburbs. Tomas Winz/Getty Images Suburban living is at the forefront of current political debate. Some Republicans are saying that Democrats will completely eliminate suburbia — which isn't true.The coronavirus pandemic is currently accelerating mass migration to suburbs.Business Insider rounded up the 25 best suburbs — or neighborhoods located outside of principal cities with populations of at least 1,00...
Tags: Real Estate, Washington, Life, Boston, Virginia, America, Trends, Strategy, Joe Biden, Indianapolis, Features, Chicago, Cities, Pennsylvania, Democrats, Dallas


Urban Studies, city life, and COVID-19 [podcast]

Oxford Bibliographies celebrates its 10th anniversary this year; in a decade, OBO has grown from 10 subject areas to over 40, and this fall will see the introduction of a new subject area that is highly relevant to our COVID-19-afflicted times: Oxford Bibliographies in Urban Studies.Urban studies is a broad interdisciplinary field that encompasses everything from the social sciences and the humanities to architecture, engineering, and environmental science, to name just a few subfields. What con...
Tags: Books, Featured, Toronto, Cities, Noise, Multimedia, Urbanist, Social Sciences, Wikimedia Commons, OBO, The Oxford Comment, Audio & Podcasts, Oxford Bibliographies, Urban Centers, Zack Taylor, Urban Studies


Berlin reports rise in fatalities as new bike lanes fail to keep cyclists safe

Campaigners demand more rules for lorries after initial hope pandemic would mean less trafficA coronavirus-related drop in traffic and new protected bike lanes have failed to make Berlin’s roads safer for cyclists, as the German capital reports a four-year record in fatalities.A woman run over by a right-turning articulated lorry in the district of Reinickendorf on Friday became Berlin’s 14th official cycling fatality of 2020 – more than twice as many as the six recorded in 2019. Continue readin...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Berlin, Life and style, UK News, World news, Cities, Cycling, Road Safety, Transport policy, Reinickendorf


Children raised in greener areas have higher IQ, study finds

Research also found lower levels of difficult behaviour in rich and poor neighbourhoodsChildren growing up in greener urban areas have increased intelligence and lower levels of difficult behaviour, a study has found.The analysis of more than 600 children aged 10-15 showed a 3% increase in the greenness of their neighbourhood raised their IQ score by an average of 2.6 points. The effect was seen in both richer and poorer areas. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Education, Children, Environment, Society, UK News, Cities, Medical Research, Trees and forests, Schools, Pupil behaviour, Green space


Fear and fatalism in Birmingham as Covid cases surge

Some say the young are flouting the rules, others doubt the statistics. Most are anxious about what a lockdown will bringCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIf news that Birmingham was facing a local lockdown troubled drinkers around the Gas Street basin on Thursday afternoon, they were determined to forget it.“This is the first time I’ve got dressed up and come to town,” said Pam, who didn’t want to give her full name, as she fluffed her pink hair. “I know what’s going o...
Tags: Health, Communities, Society, UK News, Retail industry, Cities, Birmingham, Pam, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, Gas Street


No, Uber and Lyft aren’t shutting down in California just yet

Just as the Uber and Lyft “blackout” was about to begin in California, the ride-hailing companies have been handed a reprieve by an appeals court. Last night, the ride-hailing companies were going to suspend their services in response to a recent court ruling that required them to recognize their drivers as employees, The New York Times reports. Despite the injunction, the reprieve allows the companies to continue operating until yet another decision is made, later this year. Further hearings wi...
Tags: Google, Startups, California, Cities, The New York Times, Ride-share, Shift


The demise of cities? Not so fast: Metro home prices skyrocket in Q2

Despite forecasts of a people fleeing cities en masse, home prices grew in 96 percent of metros in the second quarter, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Tags: Urban, Cities, Radio, Suburbs, Metro, NAR, Lawrence Yun, Markets & Economy, Select, Home Prices, Metro Home Prices


Sanctuary in the city: how urban parks saved our summer

Created by the Victorians as Britain industrialised, city parks and green spaces have ‘become living rooms’ during the pandemicAs lockdown eased, green spaces nationwide began to throng with crowds, drinking, picnicking and ordering pizza to be delivered to specific park benches. Tons of rubbish piled up and councils struggled to cope. But then there was an unexpected upside. “People started to do their own thing, cleaning up with bin bags and litter- pickers bought off eBay,” says Paul Rabbitts...
Tags: Travel, Cities, Britain, Day trips, Watford, Urban Exploration, Rest And Relaxation, Parks and Green Spaces, Coronavirus outbreak, Paul Rabbitts


Manchester to build first city-centre park in 100 years

Mayfield park is part of government investment in outdoor spaces in response to coronavirusThe government is to contribute millions to fund Manchester’s first city-centre park in 100 years, as part of a series of investments in outdoor spaces in response to the coronavirus crisis.The new 6.5-acre Mayfield park, touted as a “once-in-a-generation opportunity”, is part of a £1.4bn development to transform the under-loved urban area between Piccadilly station and Mancunian Way, running along the Riv...
Tags: Health, Society, UK News, Cities, Manchester, Greater Manchester, North Of England, Mayfield, Parks and Green Spaces, Coronavirus outbreak, River Medlock Continue


Weapons rooms, fake windows and a $3m price tag: inside a luxury doomsday bunker

Afraid of nuclear war, natural disasters, economic meltdown? The Survival Condo could be the answer“Mechanical level”, “medical level”, “store level” the voice announces as the lift descends into the earth. I’d entered at parking lot level, the building’s apex. I am travelling through an inverted skyscraper, the floor numbers ascending – third, fourth – as we plumb the building’s depths. A hulking man in his late 50s called Larry Hall stands next to me, whistling, black shirt tucked into blue je...
Tags: Books, Life and style, Cities, Culture, Homes, Kansas, Larry Hall, Underground cities


Dutch city redraws its layout to prepare for global heating effects

Measures include replacing 10% of Arnhem’s asphalt with grass to better cope with heatThe Dutch city of Arnhem is digging up asphalt roads and creating shady areas around busy shopping areas after concluding that the consequences of global heating are unavoidable.Under a 10-year plan for the city unveiled on Wednesday, a new layout is proposed to better prepare residents for extreme weather conditions such as downpours, droughts and intense heatwaves. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Climate Change, Environment, Green Economy, World news, Cities, Netherlands, Arnhem


Visiting Campeche, Mexico: Things to Do in Campeche and More

I visited Campeche, Mexico, for a weekend getaway from Mérida, and discovered a delightful city: tiny and stately, bright and colorful, filled with interesting things to do, but perfectly sized for a short visit. It’s hard to find places to visit in Mexico that are a little bit off the beaten path, but places you’d still actually want to visit. This is a category that Campeche fulfills particularly well. Campeche is technically on the Yucatán Peninsula, an extremely touristy part of Mexico, bu...
Tags: Mexico, Southeast Asia, Blog, Cities, Unesco, Mexico City, San Jose, Indiana Jones, Gulf of Mexico, Panama, Travel Insurance, Centro, Unesco World Heritage Sites, Chiapas, Yucatan Peninsula, Gulf