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April 2, 2020

LBJ In the Arena: April 1, 2020

LBJ Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo sat down for a one-on-one conversation with Professor Richard Florida, one of the world's leading thinkers in urban studies. Florida is the University Professor at the University of Toronto and the co-founder of City Lab.

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Pedigo and Florida's conversation included a presentation: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Will Reshape Our Cities.


Deeper Dive

City and county leadership during COVID-19

LBJ Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo talks with Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, an LBJ alumna (MPAff '98), about city and county leadership during the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 and public space in urban areas

LBJ Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo talks with Peter Mullan, CEO of the Waterloo Greenway Conservancy, about how COVID-19 is impacting public spaces in our communities.


Additional reading

How our cities can reopen after COVID-19
Richard Florida and Steven Pedigo
Brookings Institution, March 24, 2020
A 10-point preparedness plan for our communities.

The qualities that imperil urban places during COVID-19 are also the keys to recovery
Tracy Hadden Loh, Hanna Love and Jennifer S. Vey
Brookings Institution, March 25, 2020
As the pandemic expands nationally — upending life in dense urban areas and remote hamlets alike — there are few satisfying answers.

What the 1918 pandemic can teach cities about public spaces today
Patrick Sisson
Curbed, March 18, 2020
Lessons on restricting public spaces and social interaction in the age of coronavirus

Here's what our cities will look like after the coronavirus pandemic
William Fulton
Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research, March 26, 2020
Once we get through this, cities as we know them will be changed forever.

Coronavirus Regional Economic Impacts and Policy Responses
Ross DeVol
Heartland Forward, March 23, 2020
How COVID-19 will impact communities in the Heartland and beyond, and how policymakers can respond


Related Podcasts

Protecting City Life After COVID-19
Fighting Coronavirus, Wondery, March 31, 2020

How the Coronavirus Will Shape Our Cities
NPR Innovation Hub, March 27, 2020