An Italian woman sings from her window on to the street.

Headlines: Adapting to urban life in a pandemic

As cities and towns figure out how to cope with the coronavirus, among the iconic images to emerge are Italians singing from windows and balconies.

Can City Life Survive Coronavirus?
The New York Times, March 17, 2020
Architecture critic Michael Kimmelman writes: “Pandemics are anti-urban. ... And our response to far—social distancing—not only runs up against our fundamental desires to interact, but also against the way we have built our cities and plazas, subways and skyscrapers.” Despite the provocative headline, he is not really questioning whether city life can survive. He points out that “we still need each other,” and we need to find a better way.

Are suburbs safer? Probably not
CityLab, March 13
Major metropolitan areas are bearing the brunt of the Covid-19 infections spreading across North America. And that makes sense: Though there’s no way to know for sure how the virus arrived, it almost certainly came by way of an international flight to a major airport (or several of them). But while infectious disease spreads faster where people are more densely clustered — hence the strategy of social distancing to contain the coronavirus — that doesn’t necessarily make suburban or rural areas safer, health experts say.

Italians Serenade Each Other To Fight Loneliness During Coronavirus Lockdown
Forbes, March 13, 2020
Despite the country-wide quarantine of all 60 million of its residents, neighbors in Italy are keeping spirits high by singing out of their windows into the empty city streets; social media videos of people singing on balconies started going viral from cities all over the country.

Social distancing revives America’s suburban instincts
Boston Globe, March 16, 2020
The global pandemic is breathing new life into the American dream — our love of driving alone, of suburbs and wide-open spaces, big-box stores and big streets, and oversize single-family homes.On the flip side, cities — for the last three decades enjoying a resurgence of popularity among millennials and aging boomers alike — are suddenly, physically, less desirable places to be.

Detroit stops bus service for a day
Click On Detroit, March 17, 2020
After shutting down service Tuesday morning, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced that service would resume on Wednesday -- and DDOT fares would be free. This is to limit contact between drivers and passengers.

Construction Industry Bracing for Potential Impact of COVID-19
Globe Street, March 16
Industry experts are surmising that it is a matter of time before the effects of COVID-19/coronavirus spread to the construction industry’s current and future projects. Michael Keester, a shareholder/partner at the national law firm Hall Estill, says contractors, architects and construction workers will potentially be impacted by COVID-19.

From the New Urbanism

CNU 28 remains scheduled as planned, other options explored
Congress for the New Urbanism, March 16, 2020
The CNU National Board met last week to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on CNU 28.Twin Cities. Much has changed in the world since our March 4 coronavirus update, including the CDC recommendation that organizations cancel or reschedule events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.

New urban firms respond
DPZ.com, March 18, 2020
DPZ has encountered the shocks and stresses of various unexpected challenges over 40 years. Each event has contributed to a new perspective and the innovations for which we are known. We will use that experience to support our clients and projects to the best of our abilities. Please let us know how we can assist you - adapting, innovating and forging ahead resiliently! 

International Making Cities Livable conference postponed a year
The 57th International Making Cities Livable conference that was to have been held in Carmel, Indiana, in early June has been rescheduled for June 8-12 of 2021. It will be held in Carmel.

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