The Future of the City after COVID-19: Digitionalization, Preventism and Environmentalism

Proceedings of the ConScienS Conference on Science & Society: Pandemics and their Impact on Society, pp. 125-129, September 28-29, 2020.

5 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2020 Last revised: 5 Oct 2020

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Julia M. Puaschunder

Harvard University; New School for Social Research; Columbia University; Princeton University; George Washington University Center for International Business Education and Research; The New School - Bernard Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (CEPA)

Date Written: September 27, 2020

Abstract

Ever since, metropolitan areas have seen a resurgence of the city as a hub for exchange of ideas, social transformation and innovation. Since the ages of industrialization and globalization, cities flourished in terms of economic growth and societal advancement. The 2020 COVID-19 crisis may set an end to this. Some of the major cities and foremost Western world metropolis began to empty out with the rapid rise of an infected city population due to social transfer of the pandemic and worsened diseases outcomes in a constraint medical system in high density areas. Even if the COVID-19 will be defeated with a vaccine or overcome with herd immunity during the coming years, the economy of large cities may be permanently changed given an ongoing digitalization trends, preventive medical care attention and environmental concerns in the wake of climate change. This paper envisions these three new trends of globalization shifting cityscaping to digitalization, focus on preventive medical care and environmental conscientiousness in future cities.

Keywords: Coronavirus, COVID-19, digitalization, economic growth theory, healthcare, human capital, inequality, innovation, international development, lockdowns, pandemics, preventive healthcare, urban economics, urbanism, workforce

Suggested Citation

Puaschunder, Julia M., The Future of the City after COVID-19: Digitionalization, Preventism and Environmentalism (September 27, 2020). Proceedings of the ConScienS Conference on Science & Society: Pandemics and their Impact on Society, pp. 125-129, September 28-29, 2020., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3700272 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3700272

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