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COVID: The End of Big Cities or the Dawn of a New Era?
Cities are changing, fast. The pandemic brought an exodus from urban areas at the same time as reimagined living conditions to those who stayed, among them bicycle-friendly areas, outdoor dining and shopping zones, and buyer- and renter-friendly markets.

What permanent effects can we expect once COVID is in the rearview mirror? Will cities decline, simply “return to normal,” or chart a path to something else entirely? Join The Progress Network for a conversation with Penny Abeywardena, NYC’s Commissioner of International Affairs, and Richard Florida, one of the world’s leading urbanists, as they assess the future of big cities in the short- and long-term.

We’ll discuss whether remote work is here to stay, how cities can address the economic harms of COVID, whether the pandemic is truly a tectonic shift away from dense urban areas or not, where it might make sense to move or invest, and more.


This event is free and will last for 45 minutes. The panelists will take questions in the last 10 minutes. A recording will be made available after the event. When you register to attend, we’ll subscribe you to our weekly newsletter, What Could Go Right?, which covers constructive ideas for creating a better future. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Feb 25, 2021 10:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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