The Impact of COVID on Cities and Regions


The Impact of COVID on Cities and Regions

Policy Responses of Local Leaders

9781035308941 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Peter Karl Kresl, Charles P. Vaughan Professor of Economics Emeritus, Bucknell University, US and Mattia Bertin, Adjunct Professor in Urban Planning and Design and in Disaster Planning and Post-disaster Rebuilding, Università Iuav di Venezia, Italy
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 03530 894 1 Extent: 236 pp
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has arguably caused some of the most noticeable and influential societal and economic changes since World War Two. This path-breaking book investigates these changes and the subsequent responses of urban policy makers.

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The recent COVID-19 pandemic has arguably caused some of the most noticeable and influential societal and economic changes since World War Two. This path-breaking book investigates these changes and the subsequent responses of urban policy makers.

Chapters offer keen insights into the methods differing urban regions have utilized to cope with their changing economic circumstances. With a global scope, the book focuses on the various significant impacts of the pandemic including effects on the employment of women and minorities, central city vitality, and the futures of small or isolated regions. Ultimately, it examines how policy makers are dealing with the prospective decline of social categories and of the vitality of their cities.

Students and academics of such disciplines as urban policy, economic geography, and public policy will find the conclusions offered by this book to be imperative for the development of current research agendas. It will additionally be beneficial for policy makers working in urban and regional government bodies.
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‘A unique contribution to understanding and analysis of the direct and indirect, private and public effects of pandemics (COVID in this case) on cities and regions and the formulation of policies to adopt and respond to such.’
– Pierre Paul Proulx, Université de Montreal, Canada

‘This edited book provides valuable insights on how cities and regions have adapted to the COVID pandemic and the post-COVID transition. The volume provides useful comparisons and case studies from the trans-Atlantic and Asia-Pacific areas on topics such as health care, remote and hybrid work, government functionality, and the overall effects of a major pandemic on the economic and social well-being of a broad range of urban centers and regions.’
– Earl Fry, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Brigham Young University, and co-founder of the New International Cities Era project, US
Contributors: Ines Aquilué-Junyent, Mattia Bertin, Ed Blakely, Luis Carvelho, Koen Dittrich, Gianfranco Franz, Vittorio Galletto, Daniele Ietri, Peter Karl Kresl, Isela Orihuela, Daniele Rossi-Doria, Javier Ruiz-Sanchez, Sabrina Sgambati, Shaleen Singhal, Jaime Sobrino, Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay, Joan Trullen, Leo van den Berg, Erwin van Tuijl, Madhhurima Waghmare

Introduction to The Impact of COVID on Cities and Regions ix
Ed Blakely and Peter Karl Kresl

1 Post-COVID-19 Australian urban settlement: rebuild or
reposition the nation? 2
Ed Blakely
2 Impact and response in cities and regions: Pennsylvania
and New York 15
Peter Karl Kresl
3 Why we don’t learn: COVID’s impact on cities’
architecture is not being considered in new building developments 32
Mattia Bertin

4 Voices from the villages: non-urban territories facing
post-COVID recovery 46
Daniele Ietri
5 The reshaping of work and (post-COVID) urban
competitiveness in mid-sized metropolises: the case of Porto 58
Luís Carvalho and Sabrina Sgambati
6 Socio-economic dimensions of inclusiveness of smart
cities in India in a post-pandemic era 74
Shaleen Singhal and Madhurima Waghmare
7 Post-COVID cities: some reflections on planning in
uncertain times 92
Javier Ruiz Sánchez and Inés Aquilué Junyent

8 The impact of COVID in Québec: telework, coworking
and their effects on work and city environments 111
Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay
9 Consequences of COVID-19 on the Barcelona labour market 129
Joan Trullén and Vittorio Galletto
10 Changes in the labor market by type of city in Mexico
during the COVID pandemic, 2020–2021 145
Isela Orihuela
11 Working in and for the city with smartness: first partial
results from the European project IrSmart 161
Gianfranco Franz
12 Spatial differences in morbidity and mortality from
COVID-19 in Mexico: a regional and metropolitan analysis 179
Jaime Sobrino
13 Frugal innovation in the 1.5-metre society: analysis of the
hospitality sector in the metropole region Rotterdam–The Hague 197
Erwin van Tuijl, Leo van den Berg, Koen Dittrich and
Daniele Rossi-Doria

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