The scale and density of cities means that they offer more choice - not just for work but also play.
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Cities are using their knowledge of their local area to support people train and find a job, but the support they can provide is limited by red tape.
Footfall data suggests that while smaller cities did see busy high streets, activity was sluggish in larger cities.
As the lockdown in response to the Coronavirus pandemic begins to ease, Centre for Cities tracks the recovery of high streets in Britain's cities and large towns.
Cities are taking the lead when it comes to reopening the high street, but they need national support to address outstanding challenges.
Although restrictions on opening are being lifted, high street businesses remain at risk while office workers remain at home.
Our new high streets recovery tracker shows that successful city centres have seen the largest falls in footfall. Valentine Quinio on why this is likely to be driven by significant reductions in the share of people coming from outside the city.
New research finds that cities with a combination of both scientific and creative industries are often the most innovative.
The lockdown will likely accelerate the decline of the high street in some places. A focused, long-term effort is required to help them recover and thrive again.
Visits to city-centres have fallen substantially. How has coronavirus affected those travelling to city-centres for leisure activities? Lahari Ramuni uses anonymised and aggregated mobile phone data to find out.