Twenty years ago the economist Frances Cairncross predicted that communications technologies would lead to the spreading of jobs away from cities. In the decades since precisely the opposite has happened. But is Covid-19 about to change all that?
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At its core, ending the housing shortage requires more homes. Yet at present, not enough houses are built in some cities, and arguably too many are built in others.
Social distancing in the workplace will be easier in northern cities, where workers have more space than those in the south.
Sunday’s announcement from the Prime Minister encouraging workers who cannot work from home to go back to work will be felt most in the North and Midlands.
The Government has urged more people to cycle and walk, rather than drive, in response to the limits on public transport capacity that COVID-19 imposes. This would require a dramatic change in behaviour.
After some initial adjustments, cities will continue to play a central role in the national economy.
Ivan Tennant on how building new homes in the suburbs can help solve the housing crisis.
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City TalksCity Talks: Richard Florida on the future of cities after the Coronavirus
In this episode of City Talks Andrew Carter is joined by Professor Richard Florida to discuss what the future holds for cities after the immediate effects of Coronavirus have passed.
How will the economic impacts arising from the COVID-19 crisis be spread across the country? New analysis looks at the jobs predicted to be the most and least affected in the short- to medium-term and which places are expected to bounce back more quickly.