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Financial Times: Which towns and cities will be post-pandemic winners?

“Zoom may even make congested cities like Los Angeles more attractive by letting residents cut down on driving”

Richard Florida and his wife and children spent most of lockdown in their apartment on Miami Beach. When they returned home to Toronto, the city had changed. “When we left, you couldn’t get stuff readily delivered here,” he reports over Zoom. “I literally pressed the Instacart button five minutes before I connected to you . . . and [my order] will be here in half an hour.”

Florida is the urban theorist who coined the term “the creative class” and spotted its takeover of the world’s city centres. He’d barely thought about pandemics before, despite being born during the great flu outbreak of 1957 — his parents never mentioned it.

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National Post: Munk Debates — Richard Florida: Our cities will bounce back from COVID-19

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World Economic Forum: COVID-19 will hit the developing world’s cities hardest. Here’s why

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InsideHook:How Will COVID-19 Affect Colleges and Universities in Cities?

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The Conversation: Megacity slums are incubators of disease – but coronavirus response isn’t helping the billion people who live in them

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CNBC: Op-ed: Here’s how sports can return and help America heal

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The Star: What Toronto can learn from Sweden’s coronavirus strategy

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The Globe and Mail: Workers have been left to save capitalism from COVID-19

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Foreign Policy: How Life in Our Cities Will Look After the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Fast Company: Urban tech is a $65 billion industry. Here’s how COVID-19 could upend it

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Global News: Coronavirus an opportunity to make cities more equal and inclusive